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White Island volcano: Six people confirmed dead, fears for many Australians


Six people are confirmed dead, with grave fears for another eight, after a volcano erupted off New Zealand’s north island.

Officials have confirmed nine people are still unaccounted for after the White Island volcano erupted on Monday.

Seven of those are Australians.

  • Gavin Dallow (Australia)
  • Jessica Richards (Australia)
  • Krystal Browitt (Australia)
  • Richard Elzer (Australia)
  • Zoe Hosking (Australia)
  • Karla Matthews (Australia)
  • Julie Richards (Australia)
  • Tipene Maangi (New Zealand)
  • Hayden Inman (New Zealand)

There’s “no sign of life” on the island.

It’s been confirmed 47 people were on the uninhabited land mass, popular with tourists, when the volcano erupted.

24 of those were Australians.

34 people survived, with 31 of those still receiving treatment in hospital.

New Zealand police will launch a criminal investigation into the matter.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern says she’s happy to accept any help from Australia.

“To our Australian family especially we will do everything we can to support you, as you have supported us,” she said.

“I have been in regular communication with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison … and will continue to do so.”

Emergency crews have struggled to get onto to the island due to the volatile nature of the situation.

Michael Schade managed to get off the island as it was erupting, sharing this incredible video online.

It’s believed 47 people were on the privately-operated island when the volcano erupted.

About 10,000 people visit each year.