Hatepe eruption

major volcanic eruption in New Zealand

The Hatepe eruption was a volcanic eruption in 180 CE. It ranks a 7 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) and was one of the most violent eruptions in the last 5,000 years, comparable to the 946 AD eruption of Baekdu Mountain and the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora. This eruption happened at the Taupo Volcano in New Zealand.

Hatepe eruption
The Hatepe eruption's three main vents ran beside Lake Taupo's current southeast shore.
VolcanoTaupo Volcano
Date180 CE
TypePhreatomagmatic, Ultra-Plinian
LocationNorth Island, New Zealand
38°49′S 175°55′E / 38.817°S 175.917°E / -38.817; 175.917
ImpactDestroyed local vegetation, expanded Lake Taupo, flooded the Waikato River