Mount Tarawera


A 17-km-long rift split Mount Tarawera and extended as far south as Waimangu. The eruption covered land with millions of tonnes of ash and debris transformed lakes and flattened bush. It was over by dawn though ash made day as dark as night. Men from Rotorua and hinemutu formed rescue parties and began digging out survivors and casualties. Settlements at Te Tapahoro Moura Te Ariki Totarariki Waingongongo and Te Wairoa were destroyed or buried. Te Wairoa known as "The Buried Village" later became a tourist attraction.



Rotorua, New Zealand

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