Dormant volcano springs to life in New Zealand

Dormant volcano springs to life in New Zealand
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 7:32am

After it was dormant for more than a century, a New Zealand volcano roared to life monday. The volcano exploded with bright flashes and thunderous booms while it spewed rocks, fine particles and steam. Experts say the eruption was triggered by the build up of volcanic gases after seismic activity had increased in recent weeks.

A huge cloud formed over New Zealand's north island which blanketed the area with ash. Some flights had to be delayed or canceled. The volcano's last eruption was in 1897.

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