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At least 5 dead after a New Zealand volcano erupted unexpectedly, sending ash plumes 12,000 feet into the air

Added 12-09-19 04:14:02am EST - “New Zealand Police said the site is too dangerous to attempt to rescue anybody. The volcano could erupt again.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “At least 5 dead after a New Zealand volcano erupted unexpectedly, sending ash plumes 12,000 feet into the air”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

At least five people are dead and several others were injured after one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes erupted on Monday, sending huge plumes of smoke into the sky. 

The eruption occurred at Whakaari, also known as White Island, which is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the east coast of country's North Island.

According to New Zealand's geological monitoring agency, GeoNet, the eruption began at around 2:11 p.m. local time.

At a press conference around 9:30 p.m. local time, New Zealand Police confirmed that at least five people died, while others were being treated in nearby hospitals for burns. 

Police added it is still too early to confirm how many people are involved and how many people are still on the island. 

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