'Mount Doom' may blow: The active volcano made famous in the Lord Of The Rings film trilogy is threatening to erupt with temperatures around the crater lake doubling to 45C

Hikers and climbers have been warned to stay away from an active volcano known as the fictional molten ‘Mount Doom’ in The Lord Of The Rings movies.

Mount Ruapehu, in New Zealand’s Tongariro National Park, has been upgraded to ‘heightened unrest,’ with volcanologists warning high seismic activity could cause the mount to erupt.

For adventurous tourists and locals keen to explore the jagged mountain landscape that Frodo traversed to destroy a mythical ring, the journey may have to wait.

Volcanologists have warned hikers to stay away from the active volcano as it could erupt at any time

Volcanologists have warned hikers to stay away from the active volcano as it could erupt at any time

Temperatures at the iconic mountain's crater lake have doubled in the last few week

Temperatures at the iconic mountain’s crater lake have doubled in the last few week

 The volcano was used to film a number of scenes in the epic fantasy trilogy (top), and last erupted in 2007 (bottom)

It has been six years since the volcano – which which was used to film a number of scenes across the epic fantasy trilogy – last erupted, but experts believe that figure could change at any moment.

Temperatures at the iconic mountain’s crater lake have doubled in the last few week, surging from 25C to 45C, along with a huge increase of both carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide output.

‘Taken together these data now indicate more volcanic unrest at Mt Ruapehu,’ said volcanologist Geoff Kilgour.

‘The increased gas output coupled with high heat flow and volcanic tremor imply a higher likelihood of activity.’

GNS Science released a Volcanic Alert Bulletin on Wednesday morning, warning people to stay clear of the area within two kilometres of Crater Lake

GNS Science released a Volcanic Alert Bulletin on Wednesday morning, warning people to stay clear of the area within two kilometres of Crater Lake

The Battle of the Black Gate took place beneath Mount Doom in the final installment of The Lord Of The Rings 

The Battle of the Black Gate took place beneath Mount Doom in the final installment of The Lord Of The Rings

After observing the volcanic conditions, GNS Science released a Volcanic Alert Bulletin on Wednesday morning, warning people to stay clear of the area within two kilometres of Crater Lake.

‘We recommend climbers, trampers and walkers do not enter the zone’ said Paul Carr DOC Operations Manager for Tongariro.

‘Guiding companies should also heed the advice and not take people into the zone.’

Dr Harry Keys, Technical Advisor for the Department of Conservation warned people to keep an eye out for lahars – a violent explosion of a mixture of rocky debris and water.

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003). Picture shows, Elijah Wood as [Frodo] The Hobbit, who must destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (2003).Picture shows, Elijah Wood as [Frodo] The Hobbit, who must destroy the One Ring at Mount Doom

Lahars are extremely dangerous and typically flow along a river valley, moving at over 100km/hr with the density of concrete and the propensity to destroy anything in their path.

‘People should be aware of an increased possibility of lahars (destructive debris mudflow) on the Round the Ruapehu Mountain Track,’ said Dr Keys.

‘Rivers draining the Crater Lake and Summit Hazard Zone might suddenly rise so people approaching the Whangaehu, Mangaturuturu, Whakapapaiti and Whakapapaiti streams in particular should be conscious of potential lahar noise from upstream, and make their way across these streams quickly.’

Experts warned hikers and climbers of the increased possibility of lahars (destructive debris mudflow)

Experts warned hikers and climbers of the increased possibility of lahars (destructive debris mudflow)

My precious: The trilogy ended when a character named Golum (pictured) destroyed a powerful ring by throwing it into Mount Doom, where it was created

My precious: The trilogy ended when a character named Golum (pictured) destroyed a powerful ring by throwing it into Mount Doom, where it was created

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  1. Incorrect. Mt Doom was played by Mt Ngaruhoe which is dormant. Mt Ruapehu is its neighbour. Different mountains.

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