A volcano has erupted in New Zealand, leaving one dead and more than 20 unaccounted for, police revealed. Visitors were seen strolling inside the edge of the White Island crater only minutes before the eruption.
Police said 23 individuals had been safeguarded yet cautioned that the number of dead may increase. White Island, otherwise called Whakaari, is off the shoreline of North Island – and is one of New Zealand’s most dynamic volcanoes.
In spite of that, an island is a tourist place with frequent day visits and scenic flights accessible. Visitor Michael Schade – who was on a boat leaving after a visit – recorded the blast, demonstrating a thick plume of ash and smoke over the mountain.
Another group of vacationers can be seen holding on to be saved from the island. A live feed from the crater demonstrated a group of individuals inside the crater before pictures went dark after the eruption.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there were “a number” of vacationers on the island, both from New Zealand and abroad.
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