2019 Whakaari / White Island eruption

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The volcanic island Whakaari/White Island in New Zealand's northeastern Bay of Plenty region explosively erupted on 9 December 2019 at 2:11 pm NZDT.[1] There were 47 people on or near the island at the time. There are currently twenty two people killed, including two bodies are still missing believed to be dead. While twenty-five were injured, many critically.[2][3]

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that "the scale of this tragedy is devastating".[1] New Zealand Police launched an investigation into the disaster, in conjunction with WorkSafe New Zealand.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Live: White Island erupting: Plumes of smoke, reports of multiple injuries in Bay of Plenty". New Zealand Herald. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  2. "Live: Whakaari / White Island eruption - day 2". Radio New Zealand. 2019-12-10. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  3. "Live updates: 'Further survivors unlikely' after White Island eruption, police say". TVNZ. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  4. "New Zealand volcano eruption on White Island leaves three Australians believed dead, eight more still missing". ABC News. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.