A massive plume of ash billows up into the sky as Mount Tongariro erupts at Tongariro National Park earlier today in New Zealand.
November 21, 2012 Ash is spewing thousands of feet into the air from a volcano in the New Zealand national park where Lord of the Ring's climatic scenes were shot. Scientists are warning that the peak that served as a stand-in for "Mount Doom" may soon erupt.
A promotion for J.R.R. Tolkien's classic, which is now being made into a movie trilogy, at the Frankfurt Book Fair last month.
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November 19, 2012 Three horses and two dozen smaller animals reportedly died. Wranglers say there were sink holes and other "death traps" on the property. The movie production company later paid for improvements at the farm. Director Peter Jackson's movie premieres later this month.
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