Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Two people were injured by volcano eruption

New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu erupted without warning Tuesday night, and at least two people were reported to be injured as volcanic mudflows swept down the mountain.

Civil defense officials ordered skiing areas evacuated and police closed roads in the area, including the North Island’s main state highway and railway line, which run near the foot of the 2.797-metre high mountain.

Local media reported that the eruption lasted seven minutes and a mountaineer and a worker on a snow groomer had been injured.

It was not known how many people were staying in huts situated at the foot of the mountain.

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