always looked at her with respect.
this day nothing had ever happened, not even a fart, until
the day Ruapehu decided to wake up. It woke up angry,
spitting lava, ash, rocks, and smoke 10,000 metres into the
air. It was an amazing sight, and the contrast that the blue
sky, white snow, with this incredible display of power, it
was enough to make anyone stop and be in absolute awe. And
of course everything that goes up must come down, and I can
tell you that on this day it definitely came down.
was September of 1995,
in the beautiful and quiet town of Mount Maunganui, at more
than 300 km away from the volcano, and everything was going
fine, the sky was blue, the birds sang, and everyone was
going on by their normal days. That all changed when the
wind decided to change in the direction of Bay of Plenty,
where MT. Maunganui is located. At first there was a strange
smell in the air, a smell that reminded me of my holiday in
Rotorua. 30 minutes later the smell was really strong, now
reminding me more of some kind of forest fire. Then the
first it seemed like someone had opened
a bag of dry cement up in the sky, and a very thin grey
powder started to fall. As the time passed it now seemed
more like a entire cement factory had opened over the sky,
and in little time everything was completely covered in grey
ash. My car that once was white had turned grey, and it was
impossible to go to the streets without lifting grey dust.
Those that didnít lock themselves inside, used a cloth
over their mouth and nose to be able to breath. In other
words no one was prepared for this strange event, especially
not me who had never ever dreamt of being in this situation.
the wind chanced again
and the volcano also settled down a bit. But me being the
smart guy that I am decided to wash the car with a hose and
everything turned into mud. The fine ash had penetrated
through every hole and crack, that until this day you can
probably still find it there. The ash managed to get into
the inside of my car and for months I was still vacuuming,
but there always seem to be more. Cars were still lifting
the ash from the streets for weeks until we had a real
shower that washed the city.
Eruption did not cause any deaths,
but it affected many businesses, especially the ski fields
located on the volcano, who suffered great loss in double
when the Ruapehu decided to blow its top again a year later.
was made about what the population can do if this event
happens again, (and some day it will).