Five killed in New Zealand volcano eruption

World | 9 Dec 2019 4:44 pm

At least five people are dead after a island volcano in New Zealand erupted, the police in New Zealand say.

The Whakaari/White Island volcano erupted today, and "a number" of people are still unaccounted for, they say.

National Operation Commander Deputy Commissioner John Tims, told a press conference at 9:10pm local time that New Zealanders and tourists are involved, New Zealand Herald reports.

A number of the tourists are from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, but police cannot confirm nationalities.

Police do not know if there are people on the island alive tonight. The five people dead are people who were taken off the island today. The other 18 rescued all have injuries to some degree.

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