Ngau­ruhoe erup­tion

Otago Daily Times - - EDITORIAL -

ON Fri­day a party, con­sist­ing of Messrs W. Salt (Wan­ganui), W. P. Mead (Tau­marunui), and Bourne (Auck­land), made an as­cent of Ngau­ruhoe, and had a most in­ter­est­ing climb. The party got away at an early hour, and as­cended the moun­tain, dur­ing which time sev­eral shots were sent up. They went half­way up, and, as it was con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous to pro­ceed any far­ther, they re­con­noitred in the vicin­ity and found red­hot lava and rocks 3ft through ly­ing around. On de­scend­ing, they found that some of the rocks

thrown out by the volcano had reached the plains, and the grass had been burned and scorched in con­se­quence. When the party ar­rived at the ac­com­mo­da­tion house a most beau­ti­ful shot was sent up. Rocks, steam, etc., were thrown up to a dis­tance of fully 600ft above the crater. The white­hot mass ap­peared to hang in the air for a sec­ond or two, sparkling and burn­ing, then it fell with a thun­der­ous roar to earth. Mr Salt, who has had a great deal of ex­pe­ri­ence with the three moun­tains in New Zealand’s won­der­ful Na­tional Park, ex­pressed the opin­ion that a new crater had been formed in Ngau­ruhoe fur­ther to the north­ward.

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