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COLUMN 10,000 FEET HIGH O.C. WANGANUI, Friday. Speaking about the explosion in Ruapheu crater at 5 p.m. yesterday an Ohakune resident said, "It appeared as if the top of the mountain was coming off." An Ohakune business man said, "I heard a sudden rumbling, then looked up and saw a column of black smoke climbing about 10,000 feet directly over the crater." From Marton the explosion certainly looked like a record for Ruapehu. From Wanganui it appeared as if a curtain lifted from the mountain to give observers a clear view of the explosion, because both before and after the explosfon a haze had prevented observation. To observers on the Karioi Plains appearances would indicate that there is no snow whatever on Ruapehu's slopes, so heavy is the deposit of ash. The steady discharge from the crater was likened to an oil dump. Five jet black clouds were tumbling from the crater and then whipped awaj' to the north by a moderately high wind. There were terrific shots with heavy smoke and ash, at times rising to 10,000 or 12,000 feet. Mingled with natural fog and misty rain cloud, the sooty smoke hung over The Chateau all yesterday, obscuring the peaks.

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RUAPEHU EXPLOSION, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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RUAPEHU EXPLOSION Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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