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Volcano erupts on New Zealand's North Island

(People's Daily Online)

08:04, August 09, 2012

The trees are covered with thick volcanic ash after Mount Tongariro erupted for the first time in over 100 years in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand on Aug.7, 2012. The steam-triggered eruption Monday of Mount Tongariro on New Zealand's North Island sent boulders flying, covered surrounding areas in ash and disrupted domestic flights. Air New Zealand cancelled flights to and from North Island cities, and off-duty air traffic controllers were called in to help pilots fly clear of the ash cloud.(Chinanews.com)

Edited and translated by Zhang Qian, People's Daily Online

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