Geologists are warning hikers to stay off of Mount Ruapehu
, the New Zealand volcano that stood in for Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
trilogy. A variety of signs suggest that pressure is building beneath the volcano
, and researchers are concerned that an eruption may be imminent
. Still, even if Ruapehu does blow its top, it will probably be a fairly run of the mill explosion of fire from the bowels of the earth, with the number of uruk hai set to be loosed on an unsuspecting island nation expected to be minimal. So, hey -- things could be worse!