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Monday, August 20, 2012

Mt Tongariro alert downgraded, New Zealand

Scientists have lowered the alert level on Mt Tongariro, nearly two weeks after the volcano erupted.

Though some ash was emitted in the first few days following the eruption on August 6, there has been no significant activity since.

Vulcanologist Steven Sherburn said the alert level had been changed from two to one because the volcano was no longer erupting.

Level one indicates there are "signs of unrest'' and a "departure from typical background surface activity''.

Sherburn said: "volcanic gas flux measurements after the eruption were high, but poor weather has prevented any recent measurements.''

He said any further eruption could occur with little or no warning, but it was unlikely. Read More