What would it be like to live in the shadow of a constantly-erupting Mt Taranaki? Scientists are about to give us an idea, writes Jamie Morton.

To your typical Taranakian, the 2500m-high stratovolcano that dominates the region is what it always has been: a dramatic but docile feature of the skyline.

A place to go sledding in winter and tramping in summer, or a stunning backdrop for dairy paddocks and social media snaps on blue-sky mornings.

It might surprise them that their local mountain is considered by scientists as the most likely volcano to cause national-scale impacts in their


Explosive history


Devastation and disruption

Time to prepare