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New Zealand disrupted by volcano

14 August 2012 11:07

New Zealand affected by volcanic disruption

New Zealand affected by volcanic disruption

Passengers in New Zealand could face disruption after a volcanic eruption caused ash fall in the central North Island today.

Mount Tongariro, one of three volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park, has erupted for the first time in decades, sparking fears of significant ash release and reminding travellers of the importance of travel insurance.

Pilots and aviation crews flying in the region were immediately issued a red aviation code, the highest level of warning.

Due to its position on the Pacific Ring of Fire, New Zealand is accustomed to dealing with seismic activity.

Nearby residents have been advised by the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management to protect themselves from the effects of volcanic ash by staying indoors and covering their eyes, noses and mouths.