The blanket of mud and ash still extends beyond the Chateau Tongariro - large luxury hotel - at foot of mountains, and no snow has fallen to cover the vast brown expanses left after Sunday's violent eruption.
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Background: The blanket of mud and ash still extends beyond the Chateau Tongariro - large luxury hotel - at foot of mountains, and no snow has fallen to cover the vast brown expanses left after Sunday's violent eruption. Since then, Ruapehu has been quiet, but it's thought it could be building up to a major eruption, possibly within the next year or two.
Skiing is still impossible with the ash lying thick on the ground. At the beginning of the season, it could be a serious blow to Raupehu's skiing industry, as well as ruining many winter holidays.
The vast path of mud slid down the mountain, past the new kiosk, and on to the flatter ground. In places it reached a depth of ten feet, but fortunately missed the club huts which generally received only a showering of ash. Some water supplies have been polluted and local people have been advised to drink water collected before the eruption only.
On the summit of the mountain, the emergency shelter was completely wrecked in the eruption. The loss of the hut is regarded as a serious threat to safety as it had contained food, equipment, blankets, fuel and an emergency telephone.
but in terms if money, the Tourist Hotel Corporations new staircase shop and cafeteria were worst hit. The building, which had been opened only one day before the eruption, was wrecked and equipment was lost.
It's said that if Mt. Ruapehu had erupted during the day, when the shop would have been crowded, there might have been serious loss of life, instead of just a wrecked building.