WI eruption

White Island Eruption - latest from RNZ

  • Dec 09,2019

Here are the latest details from RNZ News on this afternoon's eruption of White Island. Crux will have further coverage later this afternoon.

- Whakaari / White Island has erupted about 2.10pm

- About 100 people were on or around the island when the explosion happened. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a number are unaccounted for.

- Up to 20 are injured, St John Ambulance says

- NZ Civil Defence has warned the immediate vicinity is dangerous

- People living in or near the area have been warned to beware ashfall, closing all windows and doors and wear a dust mask or handkerchief

- People have been warned NOT to wear contact lenses if they are in the area as ash can get underneath the lens

- The public has been urged by police to avoid Whakatāne Heads and Muriwai Drive

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