New Zealand’s Ruapehu Volcano Heating Up

Tongariro Alpine Crossing was considered the perfect setting for part of J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional universe.


(CNN)Hikers in New Zealand are being urged stay away from the crater lake of a volcano featured in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy because of increased activity.

GNS Science has raised the volcanic alert level of Mount Ruapehu to Level Two, which stands for “moderate to heightened volcanic unrest.” Level Three indicates a small eruption.
“We have many episodes of unrest but very few eruptions,” Brad Scott, a volcanologist at GNS Science, told CNN.
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