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A digital terrain model of Mt Ruapehu made from aerial photos.

Scientists working to predict Mt Ruapehu's next big lahar

Scientists say a large lahar from Mt Ruapehu is inevitable at some stage in the future.

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George found himself in the middle of the mini tornado that hit earlier this week.

Meet the two Waikato school boys who were lifted into the air by a mini tornado this week

Seven Sharp's Michael Holland met up with George who said 'it felt like a massive moon jump'.

Wellington houses (file picture).

Insurer defends big quake risk insurance hike for homeowners

A Wellington woman was stunned to be told last week the annual premium on her Karori home would be going up by about $5000.

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More than 200 others were hurt in the strong and destructive earthquake in western Japan.

Shallow earthquake kills three in Japan, including nine-year-old girl

More than 200 others were hurt in the strong and destructive earthquake in Osaka.

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Escuintla was one of the worst-hit cities after the Fuego Volcano erupted on June 3.

Watch: Clean-up efforts continue days after devastating Guatemala volcano erupts

Escuintla was one of the worst-hit cities after the Fuego Volcano erupted on June 3.

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The steady stream of lava is coming from a fissure on the Big Island, and heading towards the ocean.

Watch: Stunning aerial vision shows river of lava flowing through Hawaiian landscape

The steady stream of lava is coming from a fissure on the Big Island, and heading towards the ocean.

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Dr Joshu Mountjoy of NIWA says tsunamis of up to 5m have taken place at Lake Tekapo.

'This is a potential hazard' - Landslides have triggered tsunamis up to 5m in New Zealand lake

Dr Joshu Mountjoy spoke about the findings of a NIWA study on TVNZ1's Breakfast.

Roads remain closed as Gisborne region deals with flooding

Heavy rain caused flooding and slips yesterday.

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Widespread flooding has left a large swath of farmland under water this morning.

Watch: Flooding in Gisborne region shows farmland turned into murky ocean

Widespread flooding has left a large swath of farmland under water.

Photos: Farmland, roads and houses under water, sheep stranded as flooding hits Gisborne region

A second deluge in a week has laid already soaked farmland under several feet of water.

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Crews assigned to the Hawaii National Guard have conducted a night survey of the Kilauea region, near Hilo.

Watch: Volcano spatters, oozes lava in night survey of Hawaii's Big Island

Fast-moving lava poured into the low-laying coastal Hawaii neighbourhoods, destroying hundreds of homes.

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The government said at least 109 people died, and there are nearly 200 listed as missing.

Victims in Guatemala struggle with aftermath of volcano eruption

The government said at least 109 people died, and there are nearly 200 listed as missing.

Erupting Hawaii volcano gives experts clues to boost science

Volcanoes reveal secrets when they're rumbling, which means Kilauea is producing alot of information.

Watch: Aerial video shows enormous river of lava in Hawaii which burned hundreds of homes overnight

County officials say there are 279 homes between the two coastal communities, and most are feared to be destroyed.

Guatemala eruption rescuers desperately search for survivors as death toll hits 99

Thousands of people displaced by the eruption have sought refuge in shelters.

Kiwi volcanologist says rising Mt Ruapehu temperatures 'typical' but there is 'potential for it to erupt'

GNS Science's Graham Leonard said the warming of Mt Ruapehu’s crater lake is not unusual.

'Nobody is left' - Guatemala volcano ravaged entire families

Two days after the eruption, the terrain was still too hot in many places for rescue crews to search for bodies.

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The wide-ranging changes come more than seven years after the Canterbury quakes.

Report recommends EQC hires more staff in bid to settle claims

The EQC Minister said the report showed organisational culture was also holding things back.

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A deep layer of soot totally covered houses and trees in the town of El Rodeo.

Confronting drone footage shows lifeless village devastated by Guatemala's Volcano of Fire

A deep layer of soot totally covered houses and trees in the town of El Rodeo.

Mt Ruapehu experiencing 'minor volcanic unrest', Crater Lake's temperature rising

Volcanologists say this is a reminder eruptions can occur with no warning.

Logging companies in Tolaga Bay may be investigated after debris strewn everywhere during floods

Residents have been warning for years about forestry mismanagement.

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There are fears many more could be buried beneath volcanic ash and debris.

Death toll from Guatemala's Volcano of Fire rises to 69

The burning ash and mud has engulfed villages on the volcano's flanks.

Watch: Massive clouds of steam form mesmerising sight, as lava strikes ocean off Hawaii

Officials warned the public to stay away from the plume because it can make it difficult to breathe.

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At least 25 are dead and more missing after the Fuego volcano spewed rock, ash and gas into the air.

Death toll from Guatemala eruption reaches 33 as rescuers' shoes melt looking for victims

At least 10 people have been pulled alive from ash drifts and mud flows, with rescuers saying some victims are so coated in ash they look like statues.

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