Volcano Erupts on New Zealand Island, Leaving People Missing and Hurt

Volcano Erupts on New Zealand Island, Leaving People Missing and Hurt


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano erupted Monday on a small New Zealand island frequented by tourists, and a number of people were missing and injured after the eruption.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said about 100 tourists were on or near White Island when it erupted in the afternoon.

“Some of those, at this stage, are unaccounted for,” she said. “A number of people are reportedly injured and are being transported to shore.”

She said the incident appeared to be “very significant.”

“All our thoughts are with those affected,” she said.

The GeoNet agency, which monitors seismic and other activity, said a moderate volcanic eruption had occurred and raised its alert level to four, on a scale where five represents a major eruption.

White Island sits about 30 miles from the coast of mainland New Zealand. Scientists recently noted an uptick in volcanic activity, raising questions about why tourists were allowed on the island.

White Island is northeast of the town of Tauranga on North Island, one of New Zealand’s two main islands. The police were asking people to avoid areas on the North Island that were close to the eruption, including the Whakatane Heads and Muriwai Drive areas.

GeoNet says it is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano and about 70 percent of the volcano is under the sea.

Twelve people were killed on the island in 1914 when it was being mined for sulphur. Part of a crater wall collapsed and a landslide destroyed the miners’ village and the mine itself.

The remains of buildings from another mining enterprise in the 1920s are now a tourist attraction, according to GeoNet.

The island became a private scenic reserve in 1953, and daily tours allow more than 10,000 people to visit the volcano every year.

The island is also known by the indigenous Maori name Whakaari.



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