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3/19/2007

Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake Inspection Shows Dam Is Gone

Volcanic News: New Zealand
March 19, 2006

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Scientists from the Department of Conservation have reached the crater lake on Mount Ruapehu to assess the situation after a lahar washed down the Whangaehu River Valley on Sunday morning.
The lahar was triggered about 11am on Sunday and appears to have caused little damage.
DoC says scientists reached the summit on Monday morning and confirm that the tephra dam is completely gone - lessening the chance of a further lahar. They also report that the crater lake is stable. The tephra dam was created by eruptions in 1995-96.

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