Mt Tongariro Erupts!
Mt Tongariro burst into life on Monday night with what GNS has described as a small scale hydrothermal event at 11.50pm.
The eruption ejected ash over parts of Rotoaira Forest. While most of the ash has been washed away by rain in the past day or so, there still remains a thin layer of ash on vegetation and roads that are situated on the lower slopes of the mountain.
Forest operations were unaffected by the eruption and thankfully no one in the Rotoaira area was hurt on Monday night.
Contractors that move into areas where ash may be a hazard will be thoroughly briefed on the potential health and safety concerns and appropriate controls will be put into place.