Ruapehu - IGNS - Comments about Inquiries
We have had many E-mail messages, faxes etc and apologies for not replying
at this time. Many of the questions are similar. Below are a couple of
comments as a general reply.
Basically the Crater Lake is acting as a ash filter, but as it
gets smaller more ash is been produced. There has been one ash
encounter reported to date, and some airfeilds have been closed by
ash falls. The National Aviation Authority has introduced a
significant no go zone which is adjusted with each new weather
forecast. They are taking this very seriously.
At this time no sustained eruption columns have been produced.
There have been many discrete explosive events that have produced
columns to about 25,000-30 000 feet maximum. These are only
preserved for a short time. Column heights have been confirmed by
radar, survey obs. and aircraft.
Four of our staff were involved in a light aircraft accident on
Sunday 24 September. The aircraft experienced an engine failure on
landing and made a forced landing about 500m short of the field.
Two have severe back injuries (Tony Hurst and Mike Rosenberg) Tony
is been operated on today, while Mike is now at home but not very
mobile. Lloyd Homer and I received lesser injuries and were
released from Hospital last Sunday evening. We have the usual
cuts, bruises, whiplash injuries and etc. but are back at work.