Death Toll From New Zealand Volcano Disaster Continues to Climb 2019-12-112019-12-11
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.
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(Bloomberg) -- The death toll from the New Zealand volcano disaster continues to climb after two more victims hospitalized with severe burns succumbed to their injuries.
Police said the official toll has risen to eight, with eight more missing and presumed dead. A further 28 people, many with critical burn injuries, remain in hospitals around the country. Some are expected to be flown to hospitals in Australia in coming days. There were 47 people on White Island when the offshore volcano erupted on Monday afternoon in a forceful explosion of scorching steam and ash. Many suffered horrific burns.
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.
Recovery of the eight bodies still on the island has been delayed by an increase in volcanic activity. Police said they won’t attempt to land on the island until they’re sure it’s safe to do so.
A volcano erupted in White Island (also known as Whakaari), New Zealand on Dec. 9 that left five dead and several unaccounted for according to the police. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said about 100 tourists were on or near White Island when the volcano erupted.
(Pictured) White Island after its volcanic eruption.
The Ovation of the Seas cruise ship that carried passengers who travelled to White Island when it erupted is seen berthed a Port of Tauranga on Dece.10, in Tauranga.
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.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) meets with first responders that helped those injured in the White Island volcano eruption the day before, at the Whakatane Fire Station in Whakatane on Dec. 10.
This photo provided by Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows Ash-covered White Island, following the eruption of the volcano. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead.
Tour guides evacuate tourists on a boat shortly after the volcano eruption.
US-born brothers among 8 killed by volcano eruption
New Zealand doctors need an estimated 1.2 million square centimeters of skin grafts to continue treating burn victims from Monday's volcano eruption, officials said.The eight confirmed deaths were all people who had been evacuated from White Island shortly after the volcano erupted and have since succumbed to their injuries at hospitals across New Zealand.
Of those on the island at the time of the eruption, 24 were from Australia, two were from the UK, four from Germany, two from China, one from Malaysia, nine from the U.S., and five from New Zealand. Some of those in hospital are so badly burned they can’t communicate or be identified.
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“The scale of this tragedy is devastating,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told parliament Tuesday. “Police and Defence Force personnel have undertaken a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over the island since the eruption, however no signs of life have been detected.”
New Zealand sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of volcanic and seismic activity that rings the Pacific Ocean. The latest tragedy follows a devastating earthquake in the South Island city of Christchurch in 2011 that killed 185 people. The nation is still coming to terms with a terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques in March this year that killed 51 worshippers.
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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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