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A correspondent at Rarioi, and another at Moawhanga, kindly send us accounts of the eruption of Ruapehu last Monday, which, however, do little more than confirm the reports already published. In the morning Mr Alexander Munro, shepherd on Mr Stndbolme’s Karioi Station, observed a vast column of jet black smoke issuing from the crater of Ruapehu. It disappeared towards night, when Tongariro “ began to steam up at an awful rate. One correspondent suggests that the sudden rise of two feet in the Wangaehu River was due to the melting of the snow on the mountain caused by the heat evolved by the volcanic action. The other observer, however, mentions that two streams have their source within half a mile of each other on the slopes of Ruapehu, and flow parallel to each other, divided by a spur for some ten or twelve miles, when they form the Wangaehu River, One of these streams is strongly impregnated with sulphur, while the other is quite fresh. Only the sulphur stream rose suddenly, the other not being affected at all, |f melting snow had caused a rise in the river, both contributing streams must have been equally affected. It is therefore suggested that the mountain must have ejected an immense quantity of sulphurous water at the point where the sulphur stream has its rise. The flooded stream was of a muddy color, aud evidently carried a good deal of some kind of deposit. Two bottles of it were secured by Mr Batley, to be sent to Sir James Hector. It is worthy of note that, though this is the third reported eruption of Ruapehu, until now very few people have believed in it s a an active volcano, and have ascribed previous reports to the deceptive appearance of clouds resting on the summit. The first time was in 1869, when Mr R. T. Batley distinctly saw the mountain throwing out immense clouds of steam, and the second was in 1886, a few weeks before the Tarawera eruption. Let us hope that this time it is not an omen of a similar disaster to follow,—Napier ‘Herald, 1

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RUAPEHU AN ACTIVE VOLCANO., Evening Star, Issue 7906, 14 May 1889

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RUAPEHU AN ACTIVE VOLCANO. Evening Star, Issue 7906, 14 May 1889