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New Zealand volcano eruption: five dead after White Island blast – latest updates

New Zealand volcano eruption: five dead after White Island blast



Jacinda Ardern confirms that New Zealanders and tourists from Australia, the US, Britain, China and Malaysia are among missing on White Island/Whakaari. Follow rolling updates Five people dead and eight missing after New Zealand volcanic eruptionHow tourists became first-aiders on seas off White Island volcano 12.52am GMT New Zealand police have issued a new statement, saying they were continuing work to recover the eight people who are unaccounted for, it reads:Work is continuing today to enable the recovery of the eight people who remain unaccounted for on Whakaari / White Island following yesterday’s eruption.Recovering the remaining victims and returning them to their loved ones is an absolute priority for NZ Police. Police are working closely with experts from GNS Science to get an understanding of the current environment on Whakaari / White Island and the likelihood of any further volcanic activity, as well as any risks posed to recovery teams by gases in the atmosphere. 12.48am GMT Morgan Godfrey writes for the Guardian:At 2.11pm yesterday, as the Whakaari eruption was happening, I was out mowing my lawns. From my home at Te Kaha, a tiny settlement on the North Island’s east coast, you can make out the volcano’s sunken crater. The 300-metre dust cliffs frame the northern and southern edges, and in the centre is an east-facing pit where ancient birders and old sulphur miners once did their work.On Monday the only workers and visitors on island were tour operators and tourists, several whom never made it back from yesterday’s destruction. Related: When I was growing up volcanic activity on Waakari was continuous – yesterday was different | Morgan Godfery Continue reading…



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Author : Kate Lyons (now), Charlotte Graham-McLay in Wellington (earlier)

Publish date : 2019-12-10 00:52:01

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