Aqui em Auckland por alguma razão me sinto muito a vontade. Não há tantas pessoas nas ruas, a cidade é limpa e agradável de se explorar. Com pouco menos de um milhão e meio de habitantes, é como se fosse um bairro de sampa - feels just like home.
passamos 5 noites em uma cidade chamada Rotorua - o segundo lago - "The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe", famosa por sua intensa atividade geotérmica, geysers, lagos borbulhantes de lama e cultura maori.
ficamos em um hotelzinho delícia um pouco afastado do centro da cidade, que por sinal é bem charmosa, cheia de cafés, lojas de artesanato local (maioria feitos em conchas azuis e jades) e cheira a ovo podre (por causa do enxofre da água, presente em muitos "spa baths") comida do mundo todo. e sushi por todo lado também.
(mas logo acostuma-se ao peculiar odor - que é mais forte em certas áreas, próximas a spas e estações termais, e também ao museu - que antigamente abrigava uma clínica de tratamento realizados com banhos e massagens).
em 10 de junho de 1886 houve uma grande explosão vulcânica ao redor de Rotorua. aqui abaixo segue um texto copiado do wikipedia:
"Shortly after midnight on the morning of 10 June 1886, a series of more than 30 increasingly strong earthquakes were felt in the Rotorua area and an unusual sheet lightning display was observed from the direction of Tarawera. At around 2:00 am a larger earthquake was felt and followed by the sound of an explosion. By 2:30 am Mount Tarawera's three peaks had erupted, blasting three distinct columns of smoke and ash thousands of metres into the sky. At around 3.30 am, the largest phase of the eruption commenced; vents at Rotomahana produced a pyroclastic surge that destroyed several villages within a 6 kilometre radius, and the Pink and White Terraces appeared to be obliterated.
The eruption was heard clearly as far away as Blenheim and the effects of the ash in the air were observed as far south as Christchurch, over 800 km south. In Auckland the sound of the eruption and the flashing sky was thought by some to be an attack by Russian warships.
Although the official contemporary death toll was 153, exhaustive research by physicist Ron Keam only identified 108 people killed by the eruption (including seven Europeans). Much of the discrepancy was due to misspelt names and other duplications. Allowing for some unnamed and unknown victims, he estimated that the true death toll was 120 at most. Some people claim that many more people died.
The eruption also buried many Māori villages, including Te Wairoa which has now become a tourist attraction, and the world famous Pink and White Terraces were lost. (A small portion of the Pink Terraces was rediscovered under Lake Rotomahana 125 years later.) Approximately 2 cubic kilometres of tephra was erupted, more than Mount St. Helens ejected in 1980. Many of the lakes surrounding the mountain had their shapes and areas dramatically altered, especially the eventual enlargement of Lake Rotomahana, the largest crater involved in the eruption, as it re-filled with water. The rift created during the eruption extends 17 km across the mountain, Lake Rotomahana and through the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley."
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