Glasses covered in volcanic ash

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Volcanic grime
A pair of glasses are caked in ash after Mount Tongariro erupted for the first time in more than 100 years on Aug. 7 in Tongariro National Park on the North Island of New Zealand. The eruption lasted for about 30 minutes. Some residents were forced to evacuate their homes, but there were no injuries or damages.

 

In addition to Mount Tongariro, which last erupted intermittently from 1855 to 1897, the national park also features two other active volcanoes situated in the same compact area: Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe.

 

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Cloud of ash surrounds a motorist and his car.

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Driving through hazy ash clouds

A motorist is surrounded by a hazy cloud of ash on a state highway following the eruption of Mount Tongariro. Communities surrounding the volcano are not in any immediate harm, but the latest eruption is likely the beginning of weeks, months or even years of regular volcanic activity.

 

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A sheep covered in ash running

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Ashen livestock

A sheep is covered in ash after the volcanic eruption. The national park is a popular tourist destination and was featured as a backdrop for many of the epic scenes in the "Lord of the Rings" movies.

 

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