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In Pictures: 'Sudden' volcano eruption in New Zealand kills one, several others missing

Updated : 2019-12-09 14:25:19

At least one person was killed, up to 20 injured and several others reported missing after a volcano erupted off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air.

At least one person was killed, up to 20 injured and several others reported missing after a volcano erupted off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air. (GNS Science via REUTERS)
At least one person was killed, up to 20 injured and several others reported missing after a volcano erupted off the east coast of New Zealand's North Island on Monday, spewing a plume of ash thousands of feet into the air. (GNS Science via REUTERS)
Smoke billows from Whakaari, also known as White Island, volcano as it erupts, as seen from a distance at Ohope beach in New Zealand in this image obtained via social media. (@DONNACHA via REUTERS)
Smoke billows from Whakaari, also known as White Island, volcano as it erupts, as seen from a distance at Ohope beach in New Zealand in this image obtained via social media. (@DONNACHA via REUTERS)
Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 pm (0111 GMT), police said, adding that others were still on the island. (@SCH via REUTERS)
Twenty-three people, some of them believed to be tourists from the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship, were rescued from White Island, where the volcano erupted at about 2:11 pm (0111 GMT), police said, adding that others were still on the island. (@SCH via REUTERS)
This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The volcano on a small New Zealand island frequented by tourists erupted Monday, and a number of people were missing and injured after the blast. (George Novak/New Zealand Herald via AP)
This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The volcano on a small New Zealand island frequented by tourists erupted Monday, and a number of people were missing and injured after the blast. (George Novak/New Zealand Herald via AP)
In this image released by GeoNet, tourists can be seen on a trail near the volcano's crater on White Island, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says about 100 tourists were on or near White Island when the volcano erupted and some of them are missing. (GNS Science via AP)
In this image released by GeoNet, tourists can be seen on a trail near the volcano's crater on White Island, New Zealand. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says about 100 tourists were on or near White Island when the volcano erupted and some of them are missing. (GNS Science via AP)
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