World Whakaari / White Island eruption: 'It's not over yet' - police

06:20  13 december  2019
06:20  13 december  2019 Source:   radionz.co.nz

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The volcanic island Whakaari / White Island in New Zealand' s northeastern Bay of Plenty region explosively erupted on 9 December 2019 at 14:11 NZDT (01:11 UTC).

Whakaari / White Island ([faˈkaːɾi]; also known as just 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.

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Police have deployed the dive squad into the waters around Whakaari / White Island as they seek to recover the bodies of the final two victims of Monday's eruption.

Further aerial searches will also be carried out this afternoon.

Six bodies have been recovered after a team worked on Whakaari / White Island for four hours today. They are being moved from HMNZS Wellington to the airport.

They will be placed in coffins, then hearses and whānau will receive them before they are transported to Auckland later this evening.

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Major Event. Whakaari / White Island eruption . Latest news. A recovery operation is under way after Whakaari / White Island , New Zealand' s most active volcano, erupted at around 2.11pm on Monday 9 December.

Whakaari / White Island eruption . Latest news. Can I first acknowledge the friends and families of all those impacted by the tragic events on Monday 9 December with the eruption at Whakaari / White Island . Police Family Liaison Officers, supported by colleagues from the Australian Federal Police

a group of people on a raft in a body of water © NZDF Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, police commissioner Mike Bush said at least one of the remaining two bodies could be in the water surrounding the island.

He said it had been a "traumatic and harrowing event" for the Whakatāne community and particularly for the friends, family and whānau of those directly affected.

The operation - which started at 8am today - went to plan, Bush said. He recognised the expertise of NZDF personnel and other emergency staff who were able carry out the operation.

"It's not over yet. The operation was not without risk."

a close up of a snow covered field © NZDF Bush said he's hopeful all of the bodies can be identified, but he can't absolutely guarantee it.

There are two possible locations for the two remaining bodies, he said.

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"We do believe that at least one of them is in the water, and the other one we are unsure, so that only leaves two possibilities, one is still on the island and we haven't located them, or they too are in the water."

He assured family and whānau of the remaining missing two people that they will put every effort into locating them.

Mike Bush wearing a military uniform: Police commissioner Mike Bush © Provided by Radio New Zealand Police commissioner Mike Bush Bush said there might be a need to return to the island at some point to obtain further evidence. But he said it's quite likely that there will be enough forensic evidence with what's available now for the Coroner.

The circumstances were unpredictable and challenging, Bush said. He praised the courage of those involved.

Deputy police commissioner Wally Haumaha said the last two families would not be forgotten and everything possible will be done and nothing will be left to chance.

    Members of the Defence Force's bomb disposal squad and army medics made up the recovery team that located six bodies on Whakaari - White Island today.

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    Two further people have died following the eruption on Whakaari / White Island , bringing the official toll to eight. One was being treated at Middlemore Hospital and one at Waikato Hospital. Police remain focused on supporting families at this terrible time. ENDS Issued by Police Media Centre.

    Major Event. Whakaari / White Island eruption . Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already. As part of the recovery a NZDF ship will approach the perimeter of the island at first light to deploy drones and observational

    The recovery team of eight - six men and two women - spent four hours on the island during the operation.

    Colonel Rian McKinstry said the team wore yellow hazmat suits with breathing apparatus.

    "We cannot downplay the risk involved in this operation," he said, acknowledging the efforts of all those involved.

    He said the conditions were difficult and given the potential for another eruption they had planned how to recover the six identified deceased, while minimising the time rescuers spent on the island due to the risks.

    Regular testing was done to ensure gas levels on the volcano weren't too high, he said.

    Colonial McKinstry said they used maps to identify the rough locations of six of the bodies.

    He said their thoughts are with the victims and whānau and they recognised the imperative to treat everyone and the space at all times with dignity and respect.

    Colonel McKinstry said an eight-person team, six men and two women, went on to the island with another eight-person team on standby to assist in case of any need. The team spent four hours on the island and were communicating via radio.

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    " It ' s possible that there's no magma involved, that it ' s just a phreatic eruption - a steam eruption . We don't know yet ." " White Island has seen several eruptions over the years, most recently in 2016, but no-one was hurt. Seismologist Ken Gledhill said: "It was kind of almost like a throat-clearing kind

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    They also maintained communication with GNS for updates on the activity of the volcano.

    Those who went on were from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Operator team, he said. "That's what they exist and are trained for."

    Colonel McKinstry acknowledged that the recovery operation is ongoing.

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