Flights to and from New Zealand have been delayed and some cancelled today after Mount Tongaririo erupted on the North Island creating an ash cloud.
It has been over a century since the volcano was last active. The eruption took place at 1.30pm local time, 12.30am UK time.
Air New Zealand had to cancel some flights between Taupo and Wellington because of the ash cloud. An Air New Zealand spokesman said the company was working with the Civil Aviation Authority and the MetService to monitor the ash cloud. The Foreign Office have warned travellers to check the status of their flights if they are due to fly to Central Plateau Region of New Zealand.
There were evacuations from areas of the national park, but no reports of injuries. The Ministry of Civil Defence said that there was “minor volcanic activity” and “light volcanic ash fall can be anticipated downwind of Tongariro”.
A video of the eruption can be seen on the Huffington Post website.