Mount Doom is about to blow! New Zealand volcano used in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies set to erupt
By Leon Watson
19 November 2012
A New Zealand volcano that featured as Mount Doom in The Lord of the Rings movies is in danger of erupting as pressure builds in a subterranean vent, officials have said.
The Department of Conservation warned hikers to avoid the summit of Mount Ruapehu, saying that temperature readings by scientists indicated there was an increased risk of eruption at New Zealand’s largest active volcano.
‘The current situation can’t continue, Ruapehu is so active that the temperatures have been going up and down a lot,’ DOC volcanic risk manager Harry Keys told Radio New Zealand.