Eight missing in New Zealand volcano eruption that killed five: Police

Smoke from the volcanic eruption of Whakaari, also known as White Island, is pictured from a boat. (@allessandrokauffmann via Instagram/Reuters)

Eight people were still missing after a volcanic eruption in New Zealand that killed five people, and there are no indications they survived the explosion, police said Tuesday.

“Forty-seven people went onto the island – we can now confirm five are deceased, 31 are currently in hospital, a further eight are still missing and three have been discharged from hospital,” police official Bruce Bird said.

Among the missing are tourists from Australia, the United States, Britain, China and Malaysia.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56