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Published on : Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Hikers wanting to reach the eerie barren landscapes featured in the Lord of the Rings movies have been warned to steer clear of the place as the jagged rock formation may be signs of a seething volcano.
An alert of a quake and volcano has been flashed by the monitoring service GNS Science for Mount Ruapehu, in the North Island’s Tongariro national park. The last eruption occurred 2007.
Volcanologists have sighted more traces of a live volcano so climbers should exert caution and stay clear of the summit hazard zone which is within 2km of the centre of Crater Lake. Thousands trek the Tongariro Crossing, a 20km (12-mile) alpine crossing that passes all three volcanoes in the area.
Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy formed the backdrop for Mordor’s hissing wasteland. Recent visit to the volcano have confirmed and increase of output of volcanic gas. The lake temperature has also seen to be rising from 25C to 46C since mid-April. The volcanic alert level has been lifted to “heightened unrest” from “moderate”.