World Tourist tweets escape from New Zealand's White Island volcano

14:10  09 december  2019
14:10  09 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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At least five tourists have died and more are still missing after a massive volcano eruption on a remote island off New Zealand on Monday. A 12,000ft plume

New Zealand ’ s National Emergency Management Agency has issued a national warning after the eruption of White Island . The agency says the eruption is moderate - and is hazardous in the vicinity of the volcano . People are advised to stay out of the designated restricted zones, where ashfall may be

Tourist Michael Schade stood at the crater of New Zealand's White Island volcano minutes before it erupted on Monday and shared his terrifying experience in a series of messages and videos posted on social media.

"My God, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001. My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it," he tweeted.

"Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable."

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Footage shows island in the Bay of Plenty coated with ash after volcano blew debris 12,000m into the air. The film also shows a downed helicopter and

A volcano has erupted suddenly on New Zealand ’ s White Island , about 30 miles from the east coast of North Island , provoking fears for tourists in the area. Local media are reporting people were injured after the island in Bay of Plenty erupted, sending massive plumes of steam and debris into the air.

One person was killed, several were injured and others were reported missing when the volcano erupted apparently without warning off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island.

In video Schade posted on Twitter as he sped away from the island in a boat, a huge plume of white ash soars into the sky as a group of frightened tourists huddle close to the shore.

A helicopter parked nearby on the island looks crumpled and covered in ash.

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  5 dead, many more missing in eruption of New Zealand volcano WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano on a New Zealand island erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as tourists were exploring the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving perhaps two dozen others missing. Police said the site was still too dangerous hours later for rescuers to search for the missing. “My god,” Michael Schade tweeted as he posted video of the eruption. “My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it. Boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable.

Whakaari / White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano, situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand , in the Bay of Plenty.

This file photo shows tourists on White Island , North Island , New Zealand . New Zealand ’ s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a press conference that police were alerted at 2:17 p.m. local time. The New Zealand Herald reports that several people have been critically injured and victims covered

"Those are some of the people (our) boat picked up. Praying for them and their recovery. Woman my mom tended to was in critical condition but seemed strong by the end," Schade tweeted to his 2,570 followers.

"The helicopters on the island looked destroyed."

Schade describes himself in his Twitter handle as someone who likes "helping people, photography, reading, gym, travelling, and learning new things". He says he lives in San Francisco.

"This is so hard to believe. Our whole tour group were literally standing at the edge of the main crater not 30 minutes before," he tweeted.

"My thoughts (are) with the families of those currently unaccounted for, the people recovering now, and especially the rescue workers."

He also praised tour operators who helped tend to people in the minutes after the eruption.

"Endless gratitude to that crew for stepping up as first responders," he wrote.

Fund established for small businesses impacted by NZ tragedy .
The New Zealand government has established a $5 million fund to assist small businesses affected by the White Island volcano disaster. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was still waiting to receive advice as to whether any further investigations into the tragedy are required.The cruise ship caught up in the New Zealand Volcano tragedy returned to Sydney on Monday, a week after White Island erupted - killing sixteen people.One passenger lashed out at cruise operators for only offering counselling on the last night of the trip, and described the ship as a "prison".

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