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Volcanic Eruption at New Zealand's White Island - In Pictures

World | Associated Press | December 11, 2019, 12:54 pm
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 At least five people were killed after the White Island or the Whakaari volcano in New Zealand erupted on Monday, police said, adding that the toll was likely to increase as a number of people were still unaccounted for. National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims told the media that the victims and the missing persons were both New Zealanders and tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, The New Zealand Herald reported. Tims added that the nationalities of the tourists could not be immediately confirmed.<br /><br />The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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At least five people were killed after the White Island or the Whakaari volcano in New Zealand erupted on Monday, police said, adding that the toll was likely to increase as a number of people were still unaccounted for. National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims told the media that the victims and the missing persons were both New Zealanders and tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, The New Zealand Herald reported. Tims added that the nationalities of the tourists could not be immediately confirmed.

The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 A volcanic eruption on White Island, New Zealand. Some relatives of those who were visiting the island at the time were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved ones, with authorities deciding it remained too dangerous for crews to land on the island and remove bodies. (Image: AP)
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A volcanic eruption on White Island, New Zealand. Some relatives of those who were visiting the island at the time were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved ones, with authorities deciding it remained too dangerous for crews to land on the island and remove bodies. (Image: AP)

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 Steam rises from the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud in an increase of geothermal activity that again delayed the recovery of victims' bodies from a deadly eruption two days ago. (Image: AP)
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Steam rises from the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud in an increase of geothermal activity that again delayed the recovery of victims' bodies from a deadly eruption two days ago. (Image: AP)

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 Plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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Plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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The eruption of the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 Ash-covered White Island, New Zealand, following the eruption of the volcano. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)
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Ash-covered White Island, New Zealand, following the eruption of the volcano. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)

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 The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)
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The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)

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 Tourists on a boat look at the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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Tourists on a boat look at the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)
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The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)

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 A volcanic eruption on White Island, New Zealand. Some relatives of those who were visiting the island at the time were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved ones, with authorities deciding it remained too dangerous for crews to land on the island and remove bodies. (Image: AP)
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A volcanic eruption on White Island, New Zealand. Some relatives of those who were visiting the island at the time were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved ones, with authorities deciding it remained too dangerous for crews to land on the island and remove bodies. (Image: AP)

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 Steam rises from the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)
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Steam rises from the volcano on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)
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The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)

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 Plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. Survivors of a powerful volcanic eruption in New Zealand ran into the sea to escape the scalding steam and ash and emerged covered in burns, say those who first helped them. (Image: AP)
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Plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. Survivors of a powerful volcanic eruption in New Zealand ran into the sea to escape the scalding steam and ash and emerged covered in burns, say those who first helped them. (Image: AP)

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 The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)
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The eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. Unstable conditions continued to hamper rescue workers from searching for people missing and feared dead after the volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted in a towering blast of ash and scalding steam while dozens of tourists explored its moon-like surface. (Image: AP)

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