If you’re an avid fan of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings series, you might be excited to know that New Zealand’s Mount Ruapehu, the volcano that played Mount Doom in close-up scenes, may soon be getting a makeover.
Hikers have been warned away from the area and scientists aren’t sure yet if the eruption will be mild or not.
“We think that the temperature a few hundred meters beneath Crater Lake is about 800 Celsius [1,472 degrees Fahrenheit], but the lake itself is only about 20 C [68 F],” said volcanologist Steven Sherburn, in an alert bulletin released by GNS Science, a New Zealand geologic hazard monitoring organization. “This suggests the vent is partly blocked, which may be leading to a pressure buildup beneath Crater Lake.”
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