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New Zealand volcano erupts after 100 years

Witnesses reported red hot rocks being thrown into the air as well as lightning and small explosions.

The volcano before eruption
The volcano before eruption
Image: 7News via YouTube

A VOLCANO IN New Zealand has erupted after laying dormant for a century.

Mount Tongariro, which is on the North Island, erupted just before midnight last night, BBC reports.

According to One News, witnesses reported red hot rocks thrown into the air, lightning and hearing small explosions.

The volcano spewed out plumes that led to 5cm of ash landing on the state highway.

There were no injuries reported after the eruption, but flights were delayed and roads have been closed.

7News reported that the crater was last active in 1897, and that though volcanologists had seen small earthquakes in the volcano in recent weeks, an eruption was unexpected.


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