White Island volcano remains ‘highly volatile’

SYDNEY – Today (Dec 12), New Zealand officials released a statement about the situation on White Island.

According to them, the volcanic island where an eruption earlier in the week killed eight people, remains “highly volatile” with the risk of a further eruption over the next 24 hours at 40% to 60%.

That means recovery officials did not yet plan to access the island to retrieve the bodies of eight people who have been officially classified as missing. More than two dozen people are being treated for their injuries in hospital.

NZ Police deputy commissioner Mike Clement said, “I don’t have a plan that satisfies me that the risk is able to be mitigated to the extent I need it to be mitigated to keep people safe.”

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