N. Zealand launches investigation into volcano, says 8 missing are likely dead

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with first responders to the New Zealand volcano. (AFP)

New Zealand police said on Tuesday the eight people still unaccounted for after a volcanic eruption on a small island popular with tourists are likely dead.

“I would strongly suggest that there is no one that has survived on the island,” New Zealand Deputy Commission John Tims told reporters in Wellington.

“I can confirm now that we will commence a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the death and injuries on White Island,” Tims told reporters in the wake of Monday’s disaster.

Thirteen people have been announced dead so far.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:06 - GMT 11:06