White Island volcano - updates

Rappler's latest stories on White Island volcano


New Zealand observes silence as PM warns of long volcano probe

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern suspends a cabinet meeting and stands with head bowed to quietly reflect on the disaster

MOMENT OF SILENCE. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters stand with cabinet ministers as they observe a minute's silence in respect for victims of the December 9 White Island volcanic eruption, at Parliament in Wellington on December 16, 2019. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/AFP

New Zealand military set for risky mission to retrieve bodies from volcano

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:04 PM

With the help of drone flights and helicopter pilots who were near the volcano immediately after the eruption, authorities have located 6 of the 8 bodies on the island

PREPARATIONS. This handout photo taken and released by the Royal Australian Air Force on December 11, 2019 shows Flight Lieutenant Danielle Polgar (left) and Squadron Leader Shamus Shepherd from No. 3 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron preparing medical equipment to load onto a C-130J Hercules prior to a mission to repatriate Australians injured from the White Island volcanic eruption, at the Royal Airforce Base in Richmond. Handout photo by Royal Australian Air Force/AFP/XGTY

Eruption fears halt plans to get bodies off New Zealand volcano

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:07 PM

The official death toll after Monday's explosion on White Island stands at 6, with police listing another 9 as missing, up from the previous figure of 8. It remains too hazardous for rescuers to travel there, however.

WHITE ISLAND VOLCANO. Steam rises from the White Island volcano following the December 9 volcanic eruption, in Whakatane on December 11, 2019.  Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Heroism, devastation after deadly New Zealand volcano eruption

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Amid questions over why tourists were allowed to visit the volcano, police announce a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the deaths and injuries

VOLCANO. This handout photo taken on December 9, 2019 and released on December 10, 2019 from the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust shows the view from a rescue helicopter as it heads toward the smoldering White Island volcano off the coast of New Zealand's North Island. Handout photo by Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust/AFP

No more survivors on New Zealand island after volcano eruption

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

(5th UPDATE) The New Zealand military is expected to make a pass of the island at first light in the hope that people may have survived against the odds

ERUPTION. This handout photograph courtesy of Michael Schade shows the volcano on New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash moments after it erupted on December 9, 2019. Handout photo by Michael Schade/AFP