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'Rings' mountain erupts, injuring 1

September 26, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

New Zealand's Mt. Ruapehu erupted, spewing ash and rock that injured a climber and prompted the evacuation of about 50 people off the mountain, local media reported today.

The 10-minute eruption Tuesday night sent a cloud of ash and dust to a height of 15,000 feet, the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences said. It also caused mudslides down the mountain, which was the location of Middle Earth in the "Lord of the Rings" film trilogy.

The injured climber and three companions were in a hut near the summit when rocks came crashing through the roof, the Dominion Post newspaper reported. The climber, who sustained leg injuries, was taken down the mountain by vehicle.

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