5 Jul 2016

Ruapehu's volcanic alert level lowered

1:21 pm on 5 July 2016

The volcanic alert level for Mount Ruapehu has been lowered.

Aerial of a turquoise crater lake on top of Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, North Island, New Zealand.

The turquoise crater lake on top of Mount Ruapehu. Photo: AFP

It's now at level one which means minor volcanic unrest.

It was between moderate and high after temperatures in the crater lake reached 46°C in May, but it has now dropped to 23°.

Climbers and trampers had been warned to stay out of the summit hazard zone.

GNS Science said gas levels were now at a typical level for Mount Ruapehu and volcanic tremors had also declined.

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