5 dead, many injured after New Zealand volcano eruption

The volcano on New Zealand's White Island spews steam and ash moments after erupting on December 9, 2019. PHOTO | MICHAEL SCHADE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Five people were killed, 18 were injured and several more were left stranded after the volcano on White Island suddenly erupted.
  • Police said some 50 people were visiting White Island when it exploded suddenly in the early afternoon.
  • A "considerable number" of those caught up in the disaster are believed to be Australian, according to officials in Canberra.



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