Shortly after midnight (CET) lughduniense alerted us here at vC that Tongariro had erupted and pointed to it´s camera.
After reading a lot of articles today and checking info from other sites listed below, i sum it up as this: A very short eruption took place during daytime when quite some hikers were on the mountain. It came with no real warning but caused no damage, neither for humans nor for infrastructure, cars or airplanes. The plume rose to a height of a little over 3km. The aviation code is now at red but the drumbeats decreased right after the eruption and it does not look as if a new next eruption is imminent.
Inge had shown interest in the Te Maari craters yesterday and some of the links below are from this and the follow-up comments. So at least i will have a close eye on the next volcano she is really intered in. 😉
A download of 7.6MB is available showing an animation from the 21.11. eruption from this site and the drum beat image originantes there too. Or look at it directly at http://info.geonet.org.nz/download/attachments/3801184/tong_20121121.mp4
You can find the termor measurements called volcanic drums in New Zealand at:
The local volcanologist said it was a short eruption which only lasted for less than 5 minutes. Full report here:
Claude Grandpey has the news too. http://volcans.blogs-de-voyage.fr/archive/2012/11/21/tongariro-nouvelle-zelande.html
As does Volcanodiscovery: http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/tongariro/news/22821/New-brief-eruption-from-Tongariro-volcano-New-Zealand.html
Here are images of the Tee Maari Craters.
GeoNet NZ has a fotostream on Flickr:
There are no new images there yet but there might be soon.
A short video ( loading very slwoly) pointed out by Lucas Wilson: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7979461/Panic-on-Mt-Tongariro-as-volcano-erupts The kids are yelling: “We are all gonna die!” at some point in this video! No worries, noone was harmed and no damage was done. But people up on that mountain sure had a rapid heartbeat and afterwards, if they cared to turn around, a nice view.
Articles reporting the eruption.
A GNS field trip took place by the end of September 2012http://info.geonet.org.nz/display/volc/2012/10/02/Tongariro+visit+and+observations The page has some very nice images with additional infomation drawn into them!
VC had 2 post on the eruption in August
- Eruptions at Tongariro & Whaakari (White Island) and 1 million viewers! Author Carl August 7th.
- Confirmed eruption at Mt TongariroAuthor Carl August 6th.
And below are some of the links i collected back then.
http://bildersammlung.ch/tongariro-river-webcam-live-wetter-webcam-tongariro-river-live-cam-panorama-neuseeland/webcam.php ( diashow)