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New Zealand regulator charges 13 parties over White Island eruption tragedy

New Zealand White Island volcano

Wellington, New ZealandReuters New Zealand’s workplace regulator has filed charges against 13 parties following an investigation into a volcanic eruption on White Island in 2019 which killed 22 people. A surprise eruption on the White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, on 9th December last year, killed 22 people and injured dozens.  […]

New Zealand holds minute of silence for volcano victims

Whakaari memorial

Wellington, New ZealandReuters New Zealanders across the country observed a minute of silence on Monday to honour the victims of last week’s fatal volcanic eruption, as police continued efforts to recover two bodies. The official death toll from the surprise eruption on White Island, also known by its Maori name of Whakaari, stands at 16. […]

New Zealand divers search for volcano victims; death toll rises to 15

White Island recovery

Wellington, New ZealandReuters New Zealand divers searched contaminated waters near the volcanic White Island for two remaining bodies on Saturday, as the death toll from an eruption rose to 15 people, the police said. Waters around the island were contaminated by the massive eruption of rocks, lava and chemicals on Monday, reducing visibility.  Members of […]

New Zealand recovers six bodies from volcanic island in high-risk mission

NZ volcano helicopter

Whakatane/Wellington, New ZealandReuters A New Zealand military team recovered six bodies on Friday from the volcanic island that fatally erupted earlier this week, in a high risk operation watched by dozens of grieving family members waiting on the mainland. Military personnel worked as quickly as possible after using helicopters to land on White Island, which […]

Volcano “behaving” as New Zealand launches high-risk mission to recover bodies

White Island volcano

WhakataneReuters A New Zealand military team landed on a volcanic island on Friday morning to recover the bodies of eight people killed in an eruption this week, and police said the high-risk operation was going smoothly but slowly amid the risk of a fresh eruption.  White Island, located about 50 kilometres off the east coast […]

Death toll from New Zealand volcano eruption rises to eight as island remains inaccessible

NZ Volcano memorial

Wellington, New ZealandReuters New Zealand officials lifted the death toll from this week’s volcano eruption to eight on Thursday after two victims died in hospital, as ongoing seismic activity prevented teams from accessing the island to recover bodies. Authorities said eight bodies remained on the island and would only be retrieved when it is safe […]

Spitting volcano keeps search parties off New Zealand island, death toll rises to six

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Whakatane/Wellington, New ZealandReuters Fearing the volcano could erupt again, search parties were unable to set foot on New Zealand’s White Island for eight people still missing on Tuesday, as police raised the death toll to six from the eruption a day earlier. Police doubted whether any more survivors would be found. They said latest victim […]