Baer. Posted December 9, 2019 Share Posted December 9, 2019 New Zealand Volcano Erupts, and Police See ‘No Signs of Life’ Five people have been confirmed dead, and more are missing, after the eruption on White Island, which is popular with tourists. (CNN)Desperate efforts are underway to locate any additional survivors of a deadly volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island Monday, which killed at least five people and injured at least a dozen more. The eruption took place with little warning Monday afternoon local time while dozens of tourists from cruise ship Ovation of the Seas were touring the volcano. Shocking footage from tourists on nearby boats were posted on social media, which showed giant plumes of thick black smoke rising from the site. According to a statement by New Zealand Police, there were "no signs of life" on the island late Monday night, after a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over White Island. Over 30 tourists from the Ovation of the Seas were on White Island at the time of the eruption, New Zealand Cruise Association chief executive officer Kevin O'Sullivan told CNN. Those dead were from a group of 23 people who had been immediately evacuated shortly after the eruption, according to New Zealand National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims -- all of whom suffered some degree of injury. Earlier police said at least 10 people were missing and believed to still be ashore. "Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island," the police statement said. "Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already." Both New Zealanders and overseas tourists are believed to be involved; a number were from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, which is owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/08/asia/new-zealand-white-island-eruption-intl-hnk/index.html Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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