Mount Doom Likely To Blow In The Coming Weeks

By on Nov 20, 2012 in Australia, Environment, Science, World Comments

Mount Ruapehu, a volcano in New Zealand better known as Mount Doom in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, is likely to blow, several science news sites reported on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

Mount Ruapehu or Mount Doom

Mount Ruapehu aka Mount Doom
Image Credit: Matt Angland /Wikipedia

According to reports, New Zealand‘s Department of Conservation (DOC) has warned hikers to avoid the volcano because a recent temperature readings of Mount Doom indicate a high probability of eruption in the coming weeks.

“We think that the temperature a few hundred meters beneath Crater Lake is about 800 Celsius [1,472 degrees Fahrenheit], but the lake itself is only about 20 C [68 F],” volcanologist Steven Sherburn reportedly said in an alert bulletin released by GNS Science, a New Zealand geologic hazard monitoring organization.

“This suggests the vent is partly blocked, which may be leading to a pressure buildup beneath Crater Lake.”

The volcano last erupted in 2007, reports said. History says that it has had major eruptions every 20 to 50 years with the last major eruptions happening in 1995 and 1996, according to DOC.

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