A massive landslip has occurred at an area in the foothills of Mt Taranaki
, a medium height mountain - 2518 metres or 8261 feet elevation, described as an active but quiescent stratovolcano
, on the north island's west coast, co-ordinates 39.17.47S & 174.3.53 E
Taranaki is geologically young, having commenced activity approximately 135,000 years ago. The most recent volcanic activity was the production of a lava dome in the crater and its collapse down the side of the mountain in the 1850s or 1860s - wikipedia
Today Fri 26 NZT, locals noticed huge billowing clouds of dust, evidence of the amount of debris in motion, entering the nearby river.
Recent quake activity in 3 locations in a straight line diagonally, pointing to the mountain have occurred in the past week.
This event involving the mountain appears to indicate significant subterranean activity.
This map also shows a possible link to the Pike River coal mine explosion of the past week