On the 23rd September 1995 Mount Ruapehu let off a bit of steam.
The eruption sent ash and steam up into the atmosphere in a spectacular cloud.
The picture above shows the mighty mountain showing us that nature still has the upper hand. This eruption happened about 5:20 pm. And took several hours to blow away - probably up to the Aucklanders - serves them right after all they had just won the shield!
But I suppose that is what you get when you live next to a volcano. It didn't do the Romans any good... and we still haven't learnt.
This picture is of the mountain letting off a bit more steam the next morning around 10 am... when I had managed to get out of bed and come into the office to transfer the pictures off the video camera. So at the end of the day I suppose the motto is "don't mess with large active volcano(s) !
New Pictures from 23rd September 1995 from a brave skier on the Turoa side of the mountain Thanks to Madeleine Hofstee for the photographs.
The Latest pictures to hand of the eruption of Mount Ruapehu. 11:46 - Monday 25 September 1995
Lunchtime 25th September 1995 - from our office
Pictures from 25th September 1995 from Taupo central. Pictures show a large plume that shot up out of the volcano just after 6pm and the other shot is of a panoramic view of the three volcanoes.