November 23, 2012 – “Lord of the Rings” Volcano Erupts: The volcano made famous in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy as the evil wasteland of Mordor erupted on Wednesday on New Zealand’s North Island. No one was injured, but scientists are awaiting further volcanic activity in the area. Mount Tongariro, along with two other volcanoes, is located in the center of the North Island and was asleep for over a century. However, in August of this year the volcano awoke, throwing huge boulders out into a radius of two kilometers (6,562 feet). The new eruption came by surprise. “It was completely unexpected, there were no warning signs beforehand,” a spokeswoman for GNS Science, the country’s official monitoring service, told AFP. “We were watching neighboring volcano Ruapehu, waiting for an eruption, and instead this came out of nowhere.” On Wednesday around 00:25 GMT, the volcano awoke and started launching massive amounts of ash to the air. Scientists say an ash cloud rose almost three kilometers (9,843 feet) above the North Island.
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