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St John Ambulance dispatched seven helicopters to help, Whakatane hospital was turned into an emergency operation centre, and New Zealand Police advised people to avoid a large area along the coast. Picture: Michael Shade/AFPSource:AFP. “The island is currently covered in ash and volcanic material.
But speaking to the media on Tuesday afternoon, Ms Ardern indicated there were questions that would need to be answered when the crisis ends. “We can confirm that a number of our guests were touring the island today,” the ship’s company, Royal Caribbean, said.

“Australians have been caught up in this terrible event and we are working to determine their wellbeing.”. In the past, I've written about the potential dangers of the tourist trips that drop off people inside the crater at White Island. An agency called GeoNet is responsible for monitoring geological hazards in New Zealand and providing information to the public. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. While the Volcanic Alert Level remained at one (out of five), GeoNet reported “an increase in activity” and “a level of uncertainty about what this means”. Picture: GeoNet via APSource:AP, This one was taken at 2.10pm, seconds before the eruption. There is a high level of uncertainty. {Special thanks to Mike Ross for pointing this video out to me.}. Twenty-three people got off the island. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. None of this was particularly unusual, and it was not considered cause for concern. “At this stage, it is too dangerous for police and rescue services to go to the island. Updated news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site. He stressed that eruptions of steam, gas, mud or rocks could occur “with little or no warning”. “Ash has covered the main crater floor, as seen in our webcam images.”, RELATED: All the latest news on the disaster, RELATED: Australians missing and feared dead, This image was taken at 1.40pm local time, half an hour before White Island erupted. The earthquake’s epicentre was about 50 kilometres off the coast of New Zealand, and 115 kilometres deep. Directly after the explosion, the alert level was raised to 2 and aviation threat level to Orange, but since that explosion, seismicity has settled down at the volcano, thus prompting the reduction in the aviation threat level. At 2.11pm local time, the volcano erupted, with two explosions in quick succession spewing a column of ash 3600 metres into the air. Its increase suggested more gas was passing through the volcano from those depths. All rights reserved. To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. The aviation threat tends to fluctuate more as it reflects the immediate hazard of ash in the air from an explosion, while the alert status reflects the longer-term state of the volcanic system. It constantly observes White Island with webcams, seismometers and UV spectrometers. International travel return: UN forecast international touri... Virgin Australia announces new flight routes in Qld, NSW. Case in point, check out the video (above) of an explosion on Friday (October 11) night at White Island taken from the webcam positioned within the crater itself. “The least likely scenario is a larger eruption.”. The brief flashes of light are volcanic lightning, which supports the idea that the eruption was mostly older material fragmenting in a phreatic (steam-driven) explosion. Authorities estimate 47 people were on or around White Island at the time. But women may be about to make him a one-term President, Foreign Minister reveals passengers from more planes were invasively searched at Qatar airport, Severe and 'very dangerous' thunderstorms sweep across South East Queensland, PM announces new High Court justices, including daughter of former chief justice, A week before the election, the first lady has finally joined the campaign trail, What restrictions are being lifted in Melbourne today? However we are still observing localised steam and mud jetting from the active vent area,” said Geoff Kilgour.
The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. “Over the next 24 hours we estimate an equal likelihood of either no eruption or a smaller/similar sized eruption that would impact the main crater floor. Tourists get right into that crater, so if this explosion occurred during the day when tours were happening, there would have likely been severe injuries if not something worse. A month later, the signs were gradually becoming more troubling. “There are 11 Australians that are still unaccounted for, and that we fear of the five deceased persons, that three of those, up to three are Australians, but that is not yet confirmed.”. “While the pattern of signals shows similarities with the 2011-2016 period and could suggest that White Island may be entering a period where eruptive activity is more likely than normal, recent observations can also be explained by the increased gas flux,” said GeoNet volcanologist Yannik Behr. He said he feared there was “worse news to come”. Later it emerged the bulk of the people involved – up to 38 of them – were from the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, which departed Sydney earlier this month. Picture: Michael Shade/TwitterSource:Twitter, Twenty-three people were taken off the island. As afternoon turned into evening, and rescuers were still unable to access White Island, the official death toll rose to five. Welcome to Eruptions, a blog about all things volcanic. It caused “no change” in White Island’s activity, but authorities warned “moderate volcanic unrest” was continuing. One of those webcams, positioned at the rim of the crater, picked up the group of tourists. December 09, 2019 15:29:24. 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The unrest at White Island continues, although GNS Science has lowered the aviation threat level from Orange to Yellow. “We know too there will be bigger questions in relation to this event,” she said. The cause was simple enough to explain. The agency said there was “slight uncertainty” about the exact meaning of its data. “This fountaining is regularly throwing mud and debris 20-30 metres into the air,” said volcanologist Brad Scott. AEDT = Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time which is 11 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic, Former AFP officer says federal watchdog must have power to tap ministers' phones, Live: Officials admit consular staff told Australians stranded overseas to use homeless shelters, They backed Trump over Hillary in 2016. One of those webcams, positioned at the rim of the crater, picked up the group of tourists. Aerial reconnaissance of the island this morning found “no signs of life”. In mid-November, GeoNet raised the Volcanic Alert Level for White Island to level two, saying the degree of volcanic tremor had increased from weak to moderate strength. Questions are now being asked about the lead-up to the disaster, and whether tourists should have been allowed on the island at all. All times AEDT (GMT +11). A week later, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the Bay of Plenty, where White Island is located. “We’re working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already.”. The image is a disturbing reminder of just how sudden the deadly eruption was – and how unprepared the people in its vicinity were. WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. Read about our editorial guiding principles and the standards ABC journalists and content makers follow. We are taking expert advice with regards to the safety of any rescue attempt.”. Official rescue operations were launched immediately. GeoNet has now stopped posting the images from those cameras online. Five people are confirmed to have died in the eruption, and 11 Australian tourists are still unaccounted for. ABC teams share the story behind the story and insights into the making of digital, TV and radio content. The Volcanic Alert Level stayed at level three. It is interesting to note that sulfur dioxide emissions at White Island are high – close to 1000 tonnes/day – which might suggest more magma continuing to rise within the system beneath the island. Picture: GeoNetSource:Supplied. This image, supplied by GeoNet, shows tourists on a trail near the volcano's crater. The video is a little dark because, well, it is nighttime, but at around 10 seconds (note: video is sped up by 5 times), you can see an explosion occur that quickly inundates the camera. “Volcanic unrest continues and some monitored parameters show further increases in activity. A sudden eruption at New Zealand's White Island highlights the danger of dropping tourists into the crater for daytime sight-seeing. White Island Tour operators rescuing people. “The physical environment is unsafe for us to return,” said Mr Tims.

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