New Zealand volcano erupts: Tourists injured and others 'unaccounted for'
New Zealand's prime minister has said a number of tourists have been injured and others are "unaccounted for" after a volcano on a small island started to erupt. The eruption began at about 2.30pm local time on White Island, which is uninhabited but frequented by tourists.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said about 100 tourists were on or near the island when it erupted.Some of those, at this stage, are unaccounted for, she said."A number of people are reportedly injured and are being transported to shore," she added.© Other The volcano on White Island erupts.
A dangerous mission to recover the bodies from New Zealand’s White Island has begun, with an elite team landing on the island amid warnings that the chances of a new eruption remain perilously high. New Zealand Police confirmed the risky operation had started shortly before 7.30am on Friday NZT
An operation to recover victims after a volcanic eruption which killed at least six people in New Zealand has been delayed amid fears of worsening conditions on the island . Monitoring agency GeoNet has warned that further eruptions on White Island were "likely", adding that the level of
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A recovery team dispatched to Whakaari/White Island on Sunday morning has returned to the mainland.
It's not clear yet if they managed to retrieve either of the bodies unaccounted for.
One is believed to be on the island, the other in the water.
They left the volcano, off the coast of Whakatane, just before 10am.
Police said earlier on Sunday morning two four-strong teams would be taken to the island, but will only be able to stay for up to 75 minutes at a time.
An Adelaide family including a 15-year-old girl are among 11 Australians unaccounted for in New Zealand after the White Island eruption, their relatives have confirmed
An Adelaide family including a 15-year-old girl are among 11 Australians unaccounted for in New Zealand after the White Island eruption, their relatives have confirmed .Gavin Dallow, his wife Lisa Dallow, and her daughter Zoe Hosking, 15, were on a two-week cruise.Speaking from his Adelaide home, Mr Dallow's father Brian said the trio had been on a daytrip to White Island."We do know they were on the island. That is definite," he said."At the moment, we think they might be in hospital. We're not sure. We really don't know anything.
New Zealand volcano eruption : NZ police to launch dawn body retrieval operation to recover victims still on White Island Photograph: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/Reuters.
Helicopters set off from mainland despite serious risk of volcano erupting again.
"The Police Eagle Helicopter will be above the island in an operational support capacity, as will the helicopters that dropped off the ground teams," said Deputy Commissioner John Tims.
"A GNS scientist will remain on board Eagle to monitor the environment in real-time. We remain committed to finishing the task at hand and returning the two remaining bodies to their loved ones."
Smoke was still billowing from the crater on Sunday morning.
There continues to be frustration at how long it took for a plan to recover bodies from Whakaari/White Island.
Newlyweds rushed from White Island with severe burns
Newlyweds from the United States celebrating their honeymoon were among those injured after the volcano on New Zealand's White Island suddenly exploded, sending thick clouds of ash thousands of metres into the air. The pair has been left with severe burns.Lauren Urey, 32, called her parents on Monday after the Ovation of the Seas docked in Tauranga, a city in the Bay of Plenty region. "She said they were going to the volcano," Ms Urey's mother Barbara Barham told The Washington Post. © Supplied Lauren and Matthew Urey have been left with severe burns after White Island erupted.
WHAKATANE, New Zealand — A military team in New Zealand on Friday morning recovered the bodies of six people killed in a volcanic eruption on Monday on White Island but failed to find two others, undertaking a daring recovery mission even as the threat of another eruption loomed.
White Island volcano : six bodies recovered in military operation. A map released by New Zealand police showed the route taken by soldiers retrieving victims of the Whakaari/ White Island volcano on 13 December 2019. New Zealand body recovery mission brings six bodies back to mainland – video.
Six were retrieved Friday, while the search continues for two more.as a result of Monday's eruption.
Former Mayor Tony Bonne says there has not been enough people asking locals for their advice.
"We have a lot of people coming in from Wellington, and there is a number of people that have a huge amount of knowledge about White Island and its history, and they should be there at the forefront."
Bonne says lessons should have been learned from previous disasters.
"We've had enough disasters around New Zealand where people, they should learn from each one and it should get smoother. So that's the only frustration."
Pride in the locals
Present Whakatane Mayor Judy Turner is expressing pride in the way her community has handled a tragic week.
She says foreigners have been especially impressed with local iwi, Ngati Awa.
Friends mourn three NZ volcano victims
The friends of three Australian victims of the deadly Whakaari volcano eruption have confirmed their deaths, lifting the toll to seven. When nine close friends embarked on a cruise earlier this month, they looked forward to "a wonderful holiday together" with no idea of the tragedy that lay ahead.On Wednesday night, three of them - Australians Jason Griffiths, Karla Mathews and Richard Elzer - were confirmed dead in a statement issued by the remaining members of the group.The trio had taken an excursion to New Zealand's White Island on the day of a deadly volcano eruption.
A dangerous mission to recover the bodies from New Zealand’s White Island has begun, with an elite team landing on the island amid warnings that the cha. The recovery mission comes four days after Monday’s eruption killed eight and left another 31 hospitalised, while eight more remain missing
The volcano erupted Monday afternoon while 47 people were on it. Earlier, eight other people were confirmed dead. Despite worries of another eruption , members of the New Zealand military will return to White Island on Friday to try to recover the bodies of eight people killed in Monday's explosion.
"The beautiful way they've responded and reflected the feelings people have been going through... that's probably been the greatest feedback, just how amazing they have been."
Turner is however concerned about how first responders are coping, especially those who do not normally handle emergency situations.
"I'm a little bit more concerned with people who were helping in that situation for whom this is not anywhere near their normal. They'll have ongoing imagery in their mind with what they dealt with."
Police divers were in the waters around Whakaari/White Island on Saturday, looking for victims' bodies.
"The water around the island is contaminated, requiring the divers to take extra precautions to ensure their safety, including using specialist protective equipment," said Tims.
"Divers have reported seeing a number of dead fish and eels washed ashore and floating in the water."
GNS experts say there is a 35-50 percent chance of another eruption on Sunday which could affect more than just the vent area, down from Friday.
A minute's silence will be held for the victims at 2:11pm on Monday, a week after the eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday.
"Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have lost loved ones in this extraordinary tragedy. Together we can express our sorrow for those who have died and been hurt, and our support for their grieving families and friends."
New Zealand observes silence 1 week after volcano killed 18 .
New Zealanders observed a minute's silence on Monday at the moment that a volcano erupted a week earlier, killing 18 people and leaving others with severe burns. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that wherever people were in New Zealand or around the world, this was an opportunity to stand alongside those who had lost loved ones in the tragedy."Together we can express our sorrow for those who have died and been hurt, and our support for their grieving families and friends," she said in a statement.