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New Zealand charges 10 organisations, 3 individuals over deadly 2019 White Island volcanic eruption

New Zealand’s health and safety authorities have filed charges against 13 parties over last year’s deadly White Island disaster. Some 25 people were injured and 22 people died when the country’s most active volcano suddenly erupted last December with tourists on it. Ten organisations now face charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act, which […]

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Police call off search for missing victims of White Island eruption

Police in New Zealand called off the search for two bodies still missing after the White Island volcano. The eruption on White Island earlier this month killed 19 people, including two people who were never found. It’s thought the bodies of Winona Jane Langford, 17, and Hayden Bryan Marshall-Inman, 40, are in the water off […]

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Two bodies missing since White Island volcano eruption may never be found

The bodies of two people missing after a volcano erupted on New Zealand’s White Island last week likely washed out to sea and may never be found, New Zealand police said on Wednesday. Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement told a news conference on Wednesday that a dive squad and helicopters will continue to search for […]

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Week later New Zealand continues search for missing bodies

New Zealand on Monday marked one week since the deadly volcano eruption on White Island where 47 tourists were visiting, as the search continues for the bodies of two missing people. A nationwide minute’s silence was held on Monday afternoon at 2:11 p.m. local time, the time one week ago that the island, also known […]

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New Zealand deploys divers to look for two bodies near White Island volcano

New Zealand has deployed divers to look for two bodies near White Island volcano after six bodies were retrieved in a recovery operation. The retrieval on Friday was launched despite the risk of another eruption. Authorities knew the location of six of the missing and those bodies were airlifted off the island. A team of […]

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Increased volcanic activity in New Zealand hampers recovery efforts

New Zealand’s White Island volcano is showing increased seismic activity, putting recovery efforts on hold. “Since around 4:00 am this morning the level of volcanic tremor has significantly increased at the island,” geological agency GeoNet said in a statement on Wednesday morning. “The situation remains highly uncertain as to future activity. Eruptions in the next […]

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New Zealand launch criminal investigation into deadly volcanic eruption

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed “unfathomable grief” on Tuesday after a volcanic eruption at a popular tourist island, as the police announced that it is launching a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the deadly tragedy. PM Ardern confirmed five fatalities and said eight people were still missing after Monday’s eruption at Whakaari, […]