10 DECEMBER, 2019 - WHITE ISLAND
White Island, also known by the indigenous Maori name Whakaari, is the tip of an undersea volcano about 30 miles off the coast of the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand's main North Island of Te Ika-a-Māui.
More than 10,000 adventure tourists visit the island each year, paying landing fees to the island’s owners.
There were 47 people on the island at the time of the eruption, including 24 people from Australia, 9 Americans, 2 from China, 4 from Germany, 5 people from New Zealand.
Many were passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, rescue helicopters and other aircraft carried out aerial reconnaissance flights over the island and reported no signs of life.
A statement from local police says, “Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors left on the island."