Date: 07 August 2013
It has been a year since the 6 August 2012 eruption of Te Maari on the northern flanks of Mt Tongariro. This anniversary has coincided with a small increase in seismic activity under Te Maari. Several very small earthquakes have occurred over the past two weeks.
This small increase in volcanic unrest results in a slight increase in the volcanic risk for visitors using the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Department of Conservation (DOC) advises visitors to heed warning signs in place and be aware of actions to take in the event of an eruption of Te Maari. Eruptions can occur with little or no warning so visitors are asked not to linger on the northern section of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing track between Blue Lake and Ketetahi car park.
DOC is working closely with GNS Science and receives regular updates of any volcanic activity occurring in the Tongariro area. It will endeavour at all times to provide timely advice to visitors to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing of any increase in the volcanic hazards and the risk in the area, but advises all visitors to Tongariro that it is an active volcanic zone and that there are risks associated with trekking in the area.
Programme Manager Community Relations, Ruapehu Area
Phone: +64 7 892 3468
Mobile: +64 21 908 565