He was also worried about electricity supply. ", "I thought the mountain was asleep but could wake up at anytime. Wilson admitted the combination of a large ash cloud and damp conditions kept him awake at night. An eruption of the volcano could … In a statement, Transpower said all its overhead electrical networks - both transmission and distribution - were susceptible to volcanic activity. Photo / RNZ. Mt Taranaki is believed to last have erupted more than 200 years ago. "Given that the last eruption was, we think, back in the 1700s about 1760-ish, it possibly means there's been a recharge of the magma chamber and the next eruption is going to be a little bit bigger or on the bigger side of what Taranaki can produce," Wilson said. Recent research has shown that o… University of Canterbury professor in disaster risk and resilience Tom Wilson reckons the next time it erupts it could be severe. ", "I believe it's active ... maybe in the next 50 years.". "Given that the last eruption was we think back in the 1700s about 1760-ish, we think. Mt Taranaki is believed to last have erupted more than 200 years ago. ", "We were told it was dormant at school, yeah, we were told it was dormant growing up. Beyond the park boundaries fields will be covered in a thick layer of toxic ash. It possible means there's been a recharge of the magma chamber and the next eruption is going to be a little bit bigger or on the bigger side of what Taranaki can produce," Wilson said. "Given that the last eruption was we think back in the 1700s about 1760-ish, we think. Mt Taranaki is overdue for an eruption by more than 100 years. ", "It's overdue already so we're just waiting for it to happen. Taranaki's prevailing westerly winds meant that spelt trouble for the region's single connection to the national power grid at Stratford, he said. Taranaki Civil Defence regional manager Craig Campbell-Smart said there was there was a good understanding of the immediate threats to life during an eruption such as falling rocks, deadly pyroclastic flows volcanic mudflows or lahars and the study had brought into focus secondary hazards. "If it's sort of misty rain or just damp, it can wet that ash and then it becomes extremely electrically conductive and what that can lead to is a great big short circuit. "The length of time from the last eruption is long and we've just lived and grown up in this region without experiencing those eruptive events so that's quite a bit of history to re-tell and that's a challenge, but I think it is a really important one.". Mt Taranaki is believed to last have erupted more than 200 years ago. There was no workaround if the Stratford grid exit point failed and other lifeline infrastructure would soon begin to fall over without power, Wilson said. Transpower said it continued to work with researchers - including those at GNS and the University of Canterbury - to monitor and understand changes to probability or consequence models across all hazards that could impact the its network. Hundreds of waterways flowing from the mountain … The last major eruption occurred around 1655. A volcanic eruption of Mt Taranaki is unlikely to be an impulsive event like the Whakaari/ White Island eruption. Taranaki's prevailing westerly winds meant that spelt trouble for the region's single connection to the national power grid at Stratford, he said. - NZ Herald, Scientists reveal hundreds of ancient New Zealand volcanic eruptions - NZ Herald. On the streets of New Plymouth there was mixed understanding of how likely an eruption on Mt Taranaki was. Taranaki is geologically young, having commenced activity approximately 135,000 years ago. A volcanic event on Mt Taranaki is "almost certain" and the consequences would be "catastrophic", experts say. Mt Taranaki is believed to last have erupted more than 200 years ago. He was also worried about electricity supply. 'Beautiful but deadly': NZ's ever-present volcanic risk - NZ Herald, Volcanic Auckland: Which type of eruption happens where? Transpower said it continued to work with researchers - including those at GNS and the University of Canterbury - to monitor and understand changes to probability or consequence models across all hazards that could impact the its network. 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.