Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Volcano erupts on New Zealand's North Island


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano has erupted on New Zealand's North Island, spreading a layer of thick ash for several kilometers (miles) and causing some nearby residents to evacuate their homes. Some domestic flights were canceled.
Scientists say they noticed increased seismic activity below Mount Tongariro for weeks but got no specific warning before the volcano blew late Monday night. The eruption of ash and rocks lasted about 30 minutes and didn't cause any injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island region, which is a designated national park.