Mt Ruapehu, a volcano in the centre of New Zealand north island is set to erupt experts say.
The volcano made famous as Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings movies has been showing signs of instability. The temperature has doubled in the last few weeks, surging from 25C to 45C. There has also been a huge increase of both carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide output at the volcano’s Crater Lake, which last erupted six years ago.
GNS Science released a Volcanic Alert Bulletin warning people not to come within two kilometres of crater lake. The area is a well-known ski field and hiking location, tourists have been warned not to enter the park.
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