A volcano erupted in New Zealand on Monday 9th December, leaving at least fifteen people dead and more unaccounted for. Tourists were seen walking inside the crater of White Island volcano moments before the eruption.
Twenty-three people were rescued, but initial aerial reconnaissance flights could not identify any sign of life on the island shortly after the eruption. It is believed that fewer than 50 people were on the island when the volcano erupted. Deputy Police Commissioner John Tims told reporters that "both New Zealand and overseas tourists" were believed to be involved.
White Island, also called Whakaari, is the country's most active volcano.