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Afterwards, Ngauruhoe steamed almost continuously, with many small ash eruptions8 (Figure 5).
Cannon-like, highly explosive eruptions in January and March 1974 threw out large quantities of ash as a column into the atmosphere, and as avalanches flowing down the cone’s sides.
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Explosions of ash completed this long eruptive period. Cannon-like, highly explosive eruptions in January and March 1974 threw out large quantities of ash as a column into the atmosphere, and as avalanches flowing down the cone’s sides.
Blocks weighing up to 1,000 tonnes were hurled 100 m (330 feet).
The first lava eruption seen by Europeans occurred in 1870.3 Then there were ash eruptions every few years until a major explosive eruption in April–May 1948, followed by lava flowing down the northwestern slopes in February 1949.4 These flows are still distinguishable today on the northwestern and western slopes of Ngauruhoe (Figure 4).Standing roughly in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, Mt Ngauruhoe is New Zealand’s newest volcano and one of the most active (Figures 1 and 2).