are inherent risks living in a volcanic zone, as there are living
in an area prone to earthquakes, snow or lightning storms, tornadoes,
floods or any of the awesome forces nature has to dish out. Most
of the eruptions though, are more disruptive than destructive
and the risks are actually very small. There have been 3 volcanic
events in New Zealand's history that have caused death - only
one of them was from an actual eruption:
Mt. Tarawera's 1886 eruption killed 150 people.
Island's 1914 crater wall collapse killed 11 Sulphur Miners.
Ruapehu's Crater Lake rim collapsed in 1953 causing a Lahar
that wiped out a rail bridge - a train shortly after plummeted
into the river killing 151 people.