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28th December 2019

Science New Zealand volcano: White Island’s eruption in pictures

Science New Zealand volcano: White Island’s eruption in pictures

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An island volcano erupted while tourists were visiting on Monday in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.

science New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ashImage copyright
Michael Schade / Twitter

By Tuesday, six people were confirmed dead. Eight others were feared to have died and about 30 have serious burns.

science Tour guides evacuate tourists on a boat shortly after the volcano eruption on White IslandImage copyright
Reuters

Tourist Michael Schade tweeted pictures of the eruption (seen above and below), saying: “My god, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001.

“My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it.”

Tour guides could be seen evacuating people minutes after the eruption.

science White Island Tour operators rescuing peopleImage copyright
Michael Schade / Twitter

science Tourists on a boat witnessing and taking photos of the volcano on New Zealand's White Island as it spews steam and ashImage copyright
Michael Schade / Twitter

A photo taken by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, below, shows the volcano from the air.

science An aerial photo of the volcanoImage copyright
EPA / Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

A video released by New Zealand’s Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), screenshot seen below, shows the volcano spewing steam and ash.

science A video screenshot of the volcano spewing steam and ashImage copyright
EPA / GNS

A combination photo from GNS, below, shows the volcano shortly before and after the eruption.

science Combination photo shows Whakaari, also known as White Island, volcano shortly before and after eruptionImage copyright
Reuters / GNS Science

Coastguard rescue boats are seen, below, next to a marina near Whakatane, about 40km (25 miles) south of White Island.

science Coastguard rescue boats are pictured alongside the marina near WhakataneImage copyright
Getty Images

Rescue workers treated survivors in Whakatane, on the North Island’s mainland.

science Rescue workers treat survivors in WhakataneImage copyright
Reuters

On Tuesday, steam continued to rise from the White Island volcano.

science Steam rises from the White Island volcanoImage copyright
Getty Images

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (below, centre) gave a press conference with Police Supt Bruce Bird (left) and Whakatane mayor Judy Turner.

Ms Ardern said she shared the “unfathomable grief” of those who had lost family and friends.

science New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern give a press conference with Police Sup Bruce Bird and Whakatane mayor Judy TurnerImage copyright
Getty Images

The prime minister also met first responders at the Whakatane fire station.

science Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with first responders at the Whakatane Fire StationImage copyright
Getty Images

A flag in Whakatane could be seen flying at half mast.

science A flag in Whakatane flies at half mastImage copyright
Getty Images

In Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed media with Foreign Minister Marise Payne. Twenty-four of the people affected were from Australia.

science Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media with Foreign Minister Marise PayneImage copyright
Getty Images

People leave tributes at the port of Tauranga, next to the cruise ship which had carried passengers to White Island when it erupted.

science People leave tributes at the Port of TaurangaImage copyright
Getty Images

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EPA

White Island, also called Whakaari, is the country’s most active volcano, seen below in 1999.

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AFP

Tourist Ron Neil visited the island in January 2017 and took the photos below.

science Picture taken on White Island from January 2017Image copyright
Ron Neil

“We were obliged to wear helmets and gas masks as a condition of climbing the volcano,” Mr Neil said.

“We were only allowed on the island because the risk of eruption that day was measured as 1, on a scale of 1-5.

“Still the sulphur fumes were choking.”

science Ron Neil on White Island from January 2017Image copyright
Ron Neil

Mr Neil is seen above, wearing a gas mask.

science Picture taken on White Island from January 2017Image copyright
Ron Neil

science Picture taken on White Island from January 2017Image copyright
Ron Neil

science Picture taken on White Island from January 2017Image copyright
Ron Neil

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