Tongaririo blows

August 7th, 2012 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

I was on Mt Ruapehu over a decade ago when it erupted. We had just finished skiing and were in the carpark and started taking photos of the lahars flowing from the crater and the mushroom cloud emerging like a bomb had gone off.

After a few minutes of photo taking, someone suggested wouldn’t it be a better idea to take the photos of the eruption after we got off the mountain, and we quickly concurred and headed down the mountain road.

An awesome sight, seeing nature let loose.

Stuff reports:

Volcanic activity at could continue for weeks, months or even years after Tongariro rumbled to life after being dormant for more than 100 years last night.

Last night’s eruption was a total surprise, so “we have to expect the unexpected”, GNS volcanologist Michael Rosenberg said.

The mountain erupted at 11.50pm, sending ash across roads and prompting a potential threat warning for central North Island regions.

The eruption threw rocks and spewed ash from the Te Mari craters, near Ketetahi hot springs, on the northern side of the mountain, GNS Science said.

Flights have been affected and some roads closed.

There were five reported eruptions from the Te Mari craters between 1855 and 1897 but they had been dormant until now, the GeoNet website said.

Heh, how long until someone claims this is a sign that God is against same sex marriage :-)

Good that no one was injured or killed. It will be interesting to see how long the activity lasts for.

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25 Responses to “Tongaririo blows”

  1. alwyn (359 comments) says:

    This has nothing to do with same sex marriages.
    This is a Taniwha waking up and throwing its toys out of its cot in protest about the Government not conceding that Maori have ownership of New Zealand’s water.

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  2. krazykiwi (9,188 comments) says:

    Heh, how long until someone claims this is a sign that God is against same sex marriage.

    How long before DPF gets a new script from party central?

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  3. david (2,482 comments) says:

    Almost got it right DPF, it is actually the Taniwha that was woken by the suggestion that the indigenous people of Aotearoa/New Zealand don’t have 21st Century ownership rights to all the water (including that which you are about to pass after last night’s intake of the product of indigenous grapes, hand rolled between the sweaty thighs of …… ) oh wait wrong track …
    A mighty Totara also fell down somewhere during the last 24 hours.

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  4. david (2,482 comments) says:

    Snap Alwyn

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  5. Still Here (1,091 comments) says:

    According to the scriptures they quote, the God of the Jews and Christians would probably be against same gender marriage as he is already against same gender sexual lifestyle choice, whether the eruption is linked to that I wouldn’t know.

    Looking forward to seeing your comments when adoption comes up for grabs and then hate crimes laws against dissenters and others are enacted and then used to try to shut them up like in Canada.

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  6. Cato (1,094 comments) says:

    “Heh, how long until someone claims this is a sign that God is against same sex marriage.”

    Not sure about this but that line does seem to be a sign that DPF is obsessed with the matter.

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  7. Regan Cunliffe (21 comments) says:

    Didn’t Hone Harawira link the eruption with asset sales on Firstline this morning?

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  8. Still Here (1,091 comments) says:

    According to a letter to the editor this morning, John Key has signed the UN Treaty on Indigenous People which has a water clause if I remember rightly.
    Helen Clark wouldn’t sign it for some reason.

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  9. Griff (6,263 comments) says:

    Volcanic seismography recording for Tongariro is here
    http://www.geonet.org.nz/images/volcano/drums/ch/wtvz/10/drum.png

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  10. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    Still Here: The UNDRIP has all sorts of horrible fishooks which meant Key should never had signed the damn thing…probably the only time I agreed with Clark…

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  11. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,681 comments) says:

    Naaaaah. Might be a sign God has had a gutsful of the Waitangi Tribunal.

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  12. Andrei (2,431 comments) says:

    Heh, how long until someone claims this is a sign that God is against same sex marriage

    The only people doing that are exceptionally silly libbies setting up a straw man so they can go hyuk hyuk hyuk – Christian rubes

    1 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

    22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

    25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

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  13. s.russell (1,486 comments) says:

    It is a sign that God is angry about illegal parking on Esk St in Invercargill.

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  14. iMP (2,154 comments) says:

    Isn’t Hone the biggest blow-hard in NZ with 1 cu km of magma ejecta and water? Sharples, lil bit of steam or maybe a cow fart.

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  15. iMP (2,154 comments) says:

    The 5 biggest modern eruptions are listed here: http://conzervative.wordpress.com

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  16. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,787 comments) says:

    how long until someone claims this is a sign that God is against same sex marriage

    As Jimmy Carr says in his stand up rountine, “I don’t think God hates homosexuals at all. If he didn’t, surely he’d create some sort of disease to wipe them all out.”

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  17. eszett (2,272 comments) says:

    Tongaririo blows

    Well, at least there was no anal sex involved.

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  18. thedavincimode (6,130 comments) says:

    … sob … there is no escape … sob …

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  19. Viking2 (10,736 comments) says:

    So why is it you are all so obsessed with someone else’s sexuality?
    Can’t even have a volcano shoot its bolt without you all getting fired up.

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  20. Steve Wrathall (207 comments) says:

    “Tongariro rumbled to life after being dormant for more than 100 years …”

    Wrong. Red Crater erupted in 1926
    http://www.escaperience.net/2012/02/volcanic-craters-and-emerald-lakes/dscn3102/

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  21. RRM (8,994 comments) says:

    You’re slow out of the blocks this time DPF… 7:35am this morning I think you’ll find the call was made:

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2012/08/dom_post_on_same_sex_marriage.html#comment-1006079

    Thank you, thank you. :oops:

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  22. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    If they find water on Mars – who owns it ? Taniwha of course.

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  23. Longknives (4,048 comments) says:

    Paulus- No doubt the Iwi lawyers have already thought of such a profitable possibility! I’m just wondering how much this eruption is going to cost the NZ taxpayer?? This Taniwha must be ‘appeased’- and we all know ‘appeasing’ Taniwha doesn’t come cheap…

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  24. eszett (2,272 comments) says:


    Paulus (1,102) Says:
    August 7th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    If they find water on Mars – who owns it ?

    The Martians?

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  25. wreck1080 (3,527 comments) says:

    DPF nearly earned a darwin award!

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