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New Zealand authorities open criminal investigation into volcano deaths

Added 12-10-19 02:18:03am EST - “New Zealand authorities have launched a criminal investigation into at least five deaths during Monday's volcanic eruption on White Island.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “New Zealand authorities open criminal investigation into volcano deaths”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New Zealand authorities have launched a criminal investigation into at least five deaths during Monday’s White Island volcanic eruption, a report said.

The exact scope of the probe will be announced in the coming days, Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said Tuesday, according to The New Zealand Herald.

There were 47 people on the popular tourist island when the volcano erupted at 2:15 p.m. local time on Monday, including 38 passengers on a day trip from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation, the Herald reported.

As of Tuesday evening local time, five people were confirmed dead and eight others were listed as missing and presumed dead.

An attempt to detect the safety of the island via drone on Tuesday was stymied by wind, Tims said. He noted another attempt was likely later in the day, pending weather conditions. The island is covered in ash and potentially harmful gases.

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