'Indescribable': New Zealand Volcano Erupts, Killing Several as Tourists Rush From Island
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At least five people died and a number were “unaccounted for” following the eruption of a volcano on White Island in New Zealand on Monday, December 9, according to local police.Eleven Australians were among those missing and 13 were hospitalised, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told media on the morning of December 10.Of the five people confirmed dead, it was suspected three were Australian, he said.The eruption occurred about 2.11pm local time, on Monday, authorities said.“While it was initially believed there were approximately 100 people on or near the island at the time of the eruption, we now believe there were fewer than 50,” a statement from police read.“Some of those people have been transported to shore, however a number believed to be on the island are currently unaccounted for.”One person was later confirmed as dead but police expected the death toll to rise, according to reports.This sequence of videos, posted by Michael Schade, show the moments before and after the eruption as black ash is thrown into the air. In the post, Schade said he and his family had left the island on a boat 20 minutes before the explosion.“(The) boat ride home tending to people our boat rescued was indescribable,” he wrote.
Note: The download will provide a looped compilation of these videos. The individual videos can be downloaded here, here and here. Credit: Michael Schade via Storyful

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    Anonymous
    Nearly 60 people died when Mt St Helens erupted - and it ~was~ predicted to erupt... the supposed "safe zones" weren't even safe... the people of the PNW were just lucky it erupted on a Sunday - otherwise there would have been hundreds more people in the blast zone.

    White Island is located way out from the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, off the North Island.
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    Doug
    Note to self - never hike inside an active volcano.
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    Kenneth
    Guess everyone got to see more than they hoped for.Going to an island to see a volcano is not on my bucket list.
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    ELS
    I'll worry when all of the researchers studying Yellowstone suddenly move to Australia.
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    Robert
    I wonder if climate scientists take volcano in their global warming equation?
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    Mongoose on the Loose
    While I am saddened by the lives lost, I have to assume that there were some indications that the island was going to blow.
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    munkee
    We need to outlaw volcano eruptions to keep climate change down
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    Will
    Gee, let’s travel across the world to watch a live volcano from inside the crater! What could possibly go wrong?
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    The Liberal Mirror
    Darwin Island? ?
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    Mike
    I am very surprised that New Zealand didn't have some geological research organization monitoring the volcano for potential activity.
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