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World White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene

07:55  11 december  2019
07:55  11 december  2019 Source:   bbc.com

One dead in New Zealand volcano eruption, more fatalities likely

  One dead in New Zealand volcano eruption, more fatalities likely At least one person was left in a critical condition when New Zealand's White Island volcano erupted suddenly on Monday, leaving authorities scrambling to treat the injured and find those unaccounted for. "Of those transported to shore, at least one has been critically injured."New Zealand police said at least one person was killed and more fatalities were likely, after an island volcano popular with tourists erupted Monday, leaving dozens stranded.

White Island , also called Whakaari, is privately owned and a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available. Top Stories. NZ volcano rescuer tells of ' Chernobyl '- like scene . A paramedic who saved tourists says conditions were like something from "the Chernobyl mini-series".

At least 47 people from around the world were on the island at the time of the eruption. A paramedic who flew to New Zealand's White Island to rescue tourists after Monday's volcanic eruption has said the scene was like something out of "the Chernobyl mini-series". "Everything was blanketed in ash

A paramedic who flew to New Zealand's White Island to rescue tourists after Monday's volcanic eruption has said the scene was like something out of "the Chernobyl mini-series".

WHITE ISLAND NEW ZEALAND, Dec. 10, 2019 -- People are seen on a boat during the volcanic eruption at New Zealand's White Island, Dec. 9, 2019. Five people were confirmed dead in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand's White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of the North Island on Monday, with more casualties likely, the police said. (Photo by Michael Schade/Handout/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)© Michael Schade/Handout/Xinhua via Getty WHITE ISLAND NEW ZEALAND, Dec. 10, 2019 -- People are seen on a boat during the volcanic eruption at New Zealand's White Island, Dec. 9, 2019. Five people were confirmed dead in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand's White Island in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of the North Island on Monday, with more casualties likely, the police said. (Photo by Michael Schade/Handout/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)

White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene

  White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene White Island volcano: Rescuer tells of 'Chernobyl'-like scene

► The number of people confirmed to have died in the New Zealand volcano eruption has gone up to six. Eight others are missing, feared dead. The identities of those on the island are now starting to emerge.

A paramedic involved in the rescue operation when a volcano erupted on an island in New Zealand teeming with tourists said Tuesday the scene resembled "It was like I have seen the Chernobyl mini-series and everything was just blanketed in ash, it was quite an overwhelming feeling, you know?

"Everything was blanketed in ash," Russell Clark told TVNZ.

Dozens of tourists were on the island at the time. Six have been confirmed dead. Eight others are feared to have died and about 30 have serious burns.

New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern praised the crews of four rescue helicopters.

"Those pilots made an incredibly brave decision under extraordinarily dangerous circumstances in an attempt to get people out," she told reporters on Tuesday.

"To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief and in your sorrow."

In his interview, Mr Clark said he and his fellow rescuers had found a "devastating scene" when they landed.

Newlyweds burned by volcanic eruption on New Zealand honeymoon cruise

  Newlyweds burned by volcanic eruption on New Zealand honeymoon cruise Lauren and Matt Urey were touring the White Island volcano Monday on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas when it erupted.The newlyweds, Lauren and Matt Urey of Richmond, were touring the White Island volcano on the Royal Caribbean cruise Ovation of the Seas, according to WTVR-TV.

There were still vapours above White Island on Tuesday morning Currently, the alert level is at three, indicating a "minor volcanic eruption". What happened at the volcano ? White Island , also called Whakaari, is the country's most active volcano . Despite that, the privately owned island is a tourist

New Zealand volcano : PM Ardern says questions must be 'asked and answered'New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said there are questions which "must be asked" after the volcanic eruption on White Island .Five people are dead and eight are missing on the island - though police say they

"There was a helicopter on the island that had obviously been there at the time and its rotor blades were off it."

At least 47 people from around the world were on the island at the time of the eruption.

Why were tourists allowed near the volcano?

Questions are being asked about why tourists were allowed to approach New Zealand's most active volcano three weeks after seismologists raised its alert level, describing the situation as "moderate to heightened volcanic unrest".

"These questions must be asked and they must be answered," Ms Ardern said in parliament on Tuesday. A police investigation is under way.

Geological hazard monitoring group GeoNet warned last week that White Island "may be entering a period where eruptive activity is more likely than normal" - but it also said "the current level of activity does not pose a direct hazard to visitors".

Currently, the alert level is at three, indicating the risk of a "minor volcanic eruption".

New Zealand police hoping to get bodies off volcano

  New Zealand police hoping to get bodies off volcano New Zealand authorities said they hoped clear weather Wednesday would allow the recovery of bodies from the White Island volcano but they would not be rushed into landing on the still-smouldering disaster zone. Monday's explosion at the popular tourist attraction off the North Island coast resulted in six deaths and authorities believe the remains of eight others listed as missing are still on the island. A total of 47 day-trippers were on the island when the blast occured, and many survivors suffered serious burns.Police Minister Stuart Nash said he understood the frustration of family members who wanted their loved ones' remains returned but defended the delay.

"The spectacular thing about White Island is that there is so much gas coming out of the volcano and lots of minerals White Island reportedly got its English-language name from explorer Capt James Cook in 1769 because it always appeared to NZ volcano rescuer tells of ' Chernobyl '- like scene .

Rescuer tells of ' Chernobyl '- like scene Jump to media player A paramedic describes the scene he witnessed at the White Island volcano eruption in New Zealand.

How serious are the injuries?

Thirty-four people were rescued, one of whom later died. Most of the victims are still receiving treatment in hospital.

Officials say they have burns to more than 30% of their bodies. Several others are also suffering from inhalation burns.

Police said they were "unsure" what state the bodies that remained on the island were in, saying they were probably "covered in ash".

White Island remains too dangerous to access, but reconnaissance flights conducted earlier on Tuesday saw no survivors.

Ms Ardern said there were no signs of life and that the focus was now "on recovery".

Who was on the island?

There were 24 visitors from Australia, nine from the US, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from China, two from the UK, and one person from Malaysia.

The first victim to be identified was tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, a local of nearby town Whakatane, who according to New Zealand media has been named by his brother on Facebook.

The second person confirmed to have died is from Malaysia, the country's High Commission said.

New Zealand planning retrieval of bodies on volcanic island

  New Zealand planning retrieval of bodies on volcanic island WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials said they'll begin Friday to recover eight victims' bodies believed to remain on a small island since a volcanic explosion there earlier this week. Continuing volcanic activity has delayed the retrieval of the eight bodies from ash-covered White Island, where an eruption occurred Monday as 47 tourists were exploring the landscape. Eight people were confirmed killed and dozens were severely burned in the blast of steam and ash.New Zealand medical staff were working around the clock to treat the injured survivors in hospital burn units. The enormity of the task was clear when Dr.

New Zealand's White Island volcano is showing increased seismic activity, putting recovery efforts on hold. The mountain, also known as Whakaari Police Minister Stuart Nash said there were also poisonous gases coming from the volcanic vent and that the island was blanketed in a thick layer of

► The number of people confirmed to have died in the New Zealand volcano eruption has gone up to six. Eight others are missing, feared dead. The identities of those on the island are now starting to emerge.

Another tour guide from New Zealand, 23-year old Tipene Maangi, is among the missing. His family told media he had been called in on his day off.

Two British women were among those receiving treatment, said the UK High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he "feared" three of the five confirmed dead were Australian.

Mr Morrison said that 24 Australians were on board a cruise ship exploring the island in the Bay of Plenty when the volcano erupted. Of those, 13 were in hospital and 11 were unaccounted for, he said.

"This is a terrible tragedy, a time of great innocence and joy interrupted by the horror of that eruption," Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney.

A web page has been set up by the New Zealand Red Cross for families to register missing loved ones.

What happened at the volcano?

White Island, also called Whakaari, is privately owned and a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.

The volcano erupted in two explosions in quick succession at around 14:11 (01:11 GMT) on Monday, sending up a thick plume of ash and vapour.

A live feed from the volcano showed several visitors inside the crater before the stream went dark.

Some survivors were rescued by boat in the immediate aftermath of the explosion, but police said it was too dangerous to mount a rescue operation.

But later four rescue helicopters missions picked up several people from the island.

Since then, emergency services have been unable to search the area because of dangerous conditions, with plumes of ash continuing to rise above the volcano.

Authorities on Tuesday said there was a 50% chance of a second eruption of the same size or smaller in the next 24 hours, but that it was unlikely there'd be a bigger eruption that would affect the mainland.

No luck in search for remaining bodies on New Zealand volcano .
Search teams returned to New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday but there was no sign of two bodies still unaccounted for after last week's eruption, as police released the names of four more victims. We understand completely how frustrating it is for loved ones who want the bodies back," deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said when the land search party of eight police officers returned to the mainland. He said there was "every chance" both corpses were in the water but the divers were "satisfied that the area we searched near the jetty is clear of the bodies".

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