Deadly Volcanic Explosion Rocks New Zealand: Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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Stock Photo: WHITE ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 20, 2013. DigitalGlobe via Getty Images satellite image

A powerful volcanic eruption has rocked New Zealand’s White Island, a small uninhabited volcanic islet sticking up out of the sea in the Bay of Plenty, 50 kilometres offshore of the country’s North Island.

Although details are currently a little sparse, the New Zealand police force suspects that fewer than 50 people were present on the island when the eruption took the visitors by surprise. At the time of writing, several people have been injured, some reportedly with serious burns, and some have been evacuated to the mainland. At least seven people are critically injured.

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