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Mt Ngauruhoe Gas Caution

6 June 2006

Mt Ngauruhoe Gas Caution

People visiting Mt Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park are advised not to enter its craters, following increased seismic activity under the volcano.

Seismic signals have been detected under Mt Ngauruhoe by the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS) in recent days and the volcano’s Alert Level has been raised from 0 to 1. As a precaution the Department of Conservation is advising visitors to Ngauruhoe not to enter the crater area in case concentrations of volcanic gases have increased there.

The information available does not indicate that an eruption of Ngauruhoe is imminent. For comparison Mt Ruapehu has been at Alert level 1 since October 1997

The Department is in close contact with GNS Science and will release further management advice as scientific information becomes available.

ENDS

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