Mount Taranaki, Taranaki New Zealand
April 26, 2009 Leave a comment
Mount Taranaki or Mount Egmont is an active, but equiescent stratovolcano in Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The height of this mountain is 2518 meters. This mountain in one of the most symmetrical volcanic cones in the world. There is a secondary cone, Fanthams Peak, on the south side. Because of its rsemblance to Mount Fuji, Taranaki provided the backdrop for the Movie The Last Samurai.
Taranaki is geologically young, having commenced activity approximately 135,000 years ago. The most recent volcanic activity was a moderate ash eruption, of the size of Ruapehu’s activity in 1995/1996, that occurred about 1755 and possibly in the early 1800s, and the last major eruption occurred around 1655.
Recent research has shown that over the last 9000 years minor eruptions have occurred roughly every 90 years on average, with major eruptions every 500 years.