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Breaking news: New Zealand volcano eruption :5 confirmed dead ,20 missing

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A volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving five dead and several unaccounted for, police have said.

Tourists were seen walking inside the rim of the White Island crater just moments before the eruption.

Police said 23 people had been rescued, but warned the number of dead was "likely" to rise. The area is currently too dangerous for a rescue operation.

White Island, also known as Whakaari, is one of the country's most active volcanoes.

Despite that, the privately-owned island is a tourist destination with frequent day tours and scenic flights available.

 

What happened at the volcano?

The eruption of White Island began around 14:11 local time (01:11 GMT).

Visitor Michael Schade - who was on a boat leaving the island after a morning tour - filmed a thick plume of ash and smoke as the volcano erupted.

He told the BBC he was at the crater just 30 minutes before the eruption.

"It was still safe-ish but they were trying to limit the group sizes [of people visiting the volcano]."

Describing the eruption, he said: "We had just got on the boat...then someone pointed it out and we saw it. I was basically just shocked.

"The boat turned back and we grabbed some people that were waiting on the pier."

Another witness, Brazilian Allessandro Kauffmann, narrowly missed the eruption.

"There were two tours that went to this volcano today. One of them was ours, which was the first. We left five minutes before the volcano erupted," he posted on Instagram in Portuguese.

"This other tour that arrived right after, unfortunately they did not manage to leave in time, and there were some people that suffered serious burns."

A live feed from the volcano showed a group of visitors inside the crater before images went dark.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there were "a number" of tourists on or around the island, both from New Zealand and overseas.

"I know there will be a huge amount of concern and anxiety for those who have loved ones at the island at that time - and I can assure them police are doing everything they can," she said.

She said police had launched a search and rescue operation but falling ash was hampering attempts to get to the site.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50708727

r.i.p to the victims . i hope our new zealand friends are okay:ohno:

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Newpolitics

i hope our new zealands friends are okay:heart:

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ItWasntLaauv

What an unfortunate way to go :ohno:

I hope for their sake, that it was fast. Sending positivity to those affected by this. :heart:

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Newpolitics

with so many tragedies that have happen around  world now i hope there is a way GGD can make a safety check system to make sure everyone here is ok:heart:

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Zander

Horrible news. The fact that rescuers are not even allowed to go the island and help look for survivors because it’s too dangerous is awful.

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Diamond Heart

That is crazy horrifying. Rest in peace to the victims :(

But baby, I just need one good one Tuesday
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Taylucifer

good lord, I live in Auckland and I kinda just assumed it was no big deal til I read this cause it has always been active, this is terrible, may all the victims rest is peace:kara:

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Quartz

Imagine starting your day excited to go on tour a volcano that you saved up for with your family - then this horrible thing happens. Life is precious, guys. We really won't know when we'll go. Sending prayers <3

Let's be nice to each other <3
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