A sixth person is confirmed dead as rescue efforts have given way to a grim recovery operation two days after a volcano erupted at a popular tourism site in New Zealand. Monday's volcanic blast left 30 injured and eight missing and presumed dead, prompting calls for investigation into the safety of tourism at New Zealand's most active volcano. New Zealand Police confirmed Tuesday that an injured victim taken from White Island, also known as Whakaari, died at a hospital in suburban Auckland that night, bringing the death toll to six, The Australian reports. Officials warned Tuesday night that positively identifying the deceased could take time owing to the "severe" nature of the injuries suffered. "The scale of this tragedy is devastating," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during an address to Parliament Tuesday in which she praised the helicopter crews who landed on the island to rescue survivors in the aftermath of the eruption. "To those who have lost or are missing … [Read more...] about ‘No signs of life’ on New Zealand’s White Island following deadly volcanic eruption
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(CNN)There were families on holiday. A honeymooning couple. All there to see one thing: the uninhabited moonscape of New Zealand's most active volcano, White Island. It's a private island around 48 kilometers (30 miles) off the east coast of the country's North Island, and over 10,000 people visit the volcano each year. That's a tiny fragment of the millions of tourists who visited New Zealand in 2019, many of them drawn to the country's famous natural beauty and outdoor pursuits. But on Monday afternoon, tragedy struck. White Island erupted, killing at least six people and leaving over 20 fighting for their lives. Scientists have said there were no indications that the volcano was going to erupt, even though volcanic activity was detected in recent weeks. The country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said "questions must be asked and they must be answered" over the event. But already, some are asking whether more steps could have been taken to keep tourists safe -- and even whether … [Read more...] about Should tourists have been on New Zealand’s volcanic White Island?
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA/CNN) — A former Hermitage man visiting New Zealand on his honeymoon told his mother that he and his wife were “badly burned” during this week’s volcano eruption according to CNN. Matthew Urey and new wife Lauren were reportedly touring White Island’s volcano when it erupted. WHAKATANE, NEW ZEALAND – DECEMBER 09: Steam is pictured emitting from White Island from the Bay of Plenty coastline on December 09, 2019 in Whakatane, New Zealand. One person has died, several are injured and many are missing following a volcano eruption at White Island on Tuesday. (Photo by John Boren/Getty Images) In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Janet Urey, Matthew’s mother says that she received a frightening voicemail from her son after the eruption. Urey told CNN that Matthew left a message saying, “Hi, mom, it’s me. I just want to let you know this isn’t a joke. The volcano actually erupted while we were on the … [Read more...] about Former Mercer County Man Badly Burned In New Zealand Volcano Blast
For centuries - and long before Mount Doom drew Tolkien's heroes to Mordor - New Zealand's explosive geology has awed and terrified the island's residents. Volcanoes, including the one immortalized in film adaptations of the Lord of the Rings, created the archipelago that is home to the Kiwi country. And one day, they may wipe it out. The Monday eruption of White Island, New Zealand's most consistently active volcano, killed at least six and injured over two dozen people. It was a painful reminder of the danger behind the country's stunning, and sometimes surreal, landscapes: the ever-present possibility of another eruption. "It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when and where," said Janine Krippner, a volcanologist and New Zealand native who works with the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program. "Having a true respect for all the hazards we have and how they contribute to society is really important." New Zealand has volcanoes aplenty, Krippner said, especially … [Read more...] about Volcanoes shaped New Zealand. This week’s eruption will not be the last.