Five people die in New Zealand volcano eruption - UPDATED - 1

Five people die in New Zealand volcano eruption - UPDATED - 1
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At least 5 killed, several injured and others reported missing in New Zealand after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island on Monday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

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At least one person was killed, several injured and others reported missing in New Zealand after a volcano erupted off the east coast of its North Island on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air, APA reports citing Reuters.

Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 p.m. (0111 GMT), police said.

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Several people were injured White Island in New Zealand when a volcano began erupting there on Monday, the region’s mayor said, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The eruption began about 2:30 p.m. local time (0130 GMT) on the island, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the east coast of North Island, authorities said, throwing smoke and debris into the air. 

“I’m not sure if these people were on the island or near it, but there was definitely one group out there and they definitely needed medical care,” said Whakatāne Mayor Judy Turner. “There were some injuries and focus is on getting these injured people back safely and to get them to a hospital.” 

She added that there seems to be no danger for the people in the coastal areas, farther from the volcano.

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