What You Need To Know
Authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of six people who died after one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes erupted on Monday, bringing the known death toll to 14.
New Zealand’s geological monitoring agency, GeoNet, said the eruption began at around 2:11 p.m. local time on Whakaari, also known as White Island, a popular tourist spot which features an active volcano.
Police on Friday said that two people remain missing. They are presumed dead.
Police said the environment was “highly unpredictable and challenging,” during the rescue mission.
Police released the nationalities of 47 people who were on the island when the volcano erupted, which included 24 Australians, two Chinese nationals, four Germans, one Malaysian national, five New Zealanders, two people from the UK, and nine people from the US.
Police say it is too early to confirm whether there will also be a criminal investigation on the circumstances which allowed large numbers of people to visit the volcano before its eruption.