A New Zealand volcano used as a backdrop to "The Lord of the Rings" films erupted on Wednesday, spewing a column of ash three kilometres (1.9 miles) above the North Island, scientists said.
Steam gushes from the blackened slopes of Mount Tongariro at Rangipo in Tongariro National Park in August 2012. Mount Tongariro volcano erupted again on Wednesday, sending a column of ash high into the atmosphere, scientists said.
Vulcanologists said Mount Tongariro rumbled to life at 1:25 pm (0025 GMT), in a five-minute burst that briefly closed roads, put aviation authorities on high alert and sent nearby hikers scrambling for safety.
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