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'Lord of the Rings' volcano may be alive

Mordor is currently a very dangerous place.

The volcano that was Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy has had its eruption alert level lifted as temperatures continued to rise over the last few weeks. 

In real life, the volcano is known as Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park and is the largest active volcano in New Zealand. It hasn't erupted since 2007 but it now seems increasingly possible it will blow. Due to this, the alert level has been raised to the second highest level. 

The volcanic activity has been upgraded to "moderate to heightened volcanic unrest," according to GeoNet New Zealand. The temperature in the lake has reached a consistent 45 degrees Celsius. This along with gas output and continuous activity mean Ruapehu is seeing heightened volcanic activity. 

Tourists and Lord of the Rings fans have been warned to stay far, far away from the iconic mountain. 

In the Lord of the Rings, Mount Doom in Mordor is the only place the Ring can be destroyed and is the final destination for the journey of the character Frodo Baggins. 

A New Zealand volcanologist, Geoff Kilgour, told The Independent there had been a spike in temperature recently and that people should reconsider the need to visit. 

"Ruapehu has been on a level 1 alert for some time, but we had to raise that after the crater zone lake appeared to heat up very rapidly, a significant spike of 20 degrees in two weeks," he said. 

According to GeoNet, an increased gas output along with a higher than average heat flow and volcanic tremors means there is a higher chance of activity.  

"We believe this could develop into a bigger event so we agree that hikers should take advice before travelling to the national park," Kilgour added. 

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