In New Zealand tradition, the
word 'Tarawera' is almost synonymous with 'volcanic eruption.' But,
while the violent outburst on 10 June 1886, and the resulting
disappearance of the famed silica terraces at Rotomahana, have already
been described in many articles and several books, an analytical and
comprehensive historical account of the outbreak and of the
circumstances surrounding it has remained
unwritten. Tarawera is intended to fill this gap.
With its full set of references, this volume is also intended to provide a
secure platform upon which other detailed historical studies of the
eruption may confidently be based. More than anything else, however,
the book is aimed at presenting a readable account of a fascinating
subject, and at bringing alive the experiences of those caught up in a
violent upheaval without parallel in the recorded history of New
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