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5 Dead After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

09:20 9 Dec 2019


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Five people have been confirmed dead after a volcano erupted on a small island in New Zealand.

Police say a number of people remain unaccounted for, but it's too dangerous for emergency services to attempt to rescue them.

Around 50 people were on or around White Island at the time.

No one lives there, but it's a popular spot for tourists.

Deputy Police Commissioner John Tims says their investigation is at a very early stage:

"A number of other people have been taken to hospital, a number of people have burns as a result of the eruption."

He says it is still too early for police to confirm how many people are involved.

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