BREAKING: Multiple Injuries Reported After New Zealand Volcano Erupts

From New Zealand Herald: “Many of the people visiting White Island today were from the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas which is berthed at the Port of Tauranga this morning. Port company chief executive Mark Cairns says he understands the majority of those injured in the eruption are from the ship, the largest cruise vessel that visits Tauranga.”

The New Zealand Herald is reporting that up to 20 people have been injured, some critically, after a volcano erupted off the coast of New Zealand.

The eruption happened at White Island at about 2:15 p.m local time on Monday. A rescue operation is currently underway to save people who were seen on a webcam inside the crater at 2:10 p.m. right before the eruption.

Judy Turner, the Mayor of Whakatane confirmed that tourists on the island have been injured during the explosion. Volcanic Helicopters and one boat have still not been accounted for, according to reports.

“At this stage we believe around 100 people were around or on the island at this stage not all of them are accounted for,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, The New Zealand Herald reported.

A police spokesperson said there is no further information at this stage.

Source: Live: White Island volcano eruption: Plumes of smoke, reports of mulitple injuries in Bay of Plenty – NZ Herald

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