New Zealand PM says tourists are unaccounted for after volcano eruption
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
At least five people are confirmed dead and up to two dozen are missing after a volcano on a New Zealand island popular with tourists erupted Dec. 9, according to reports.
White Island is about 30 miles off the east coast of North Island and calls itself New Zealand’s “most active volcano.” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told Reuters that tourists were among the several people unaccounted for. “A number” of tourists involve include passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, which is docked in a town about 50 miles away, according to authorities.
For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
Rescuers are reportedly mounting an effort to find travelers and White Island’s own website says that the island is “experiencing an emergency.” “An active police search and response is underway,” Ardern said during a news conference on Monday.
New Zealand Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said in a news conference that the situation on the island was so unsafe that rescuers couldn’t return to the island. The island is currently a no-fly zone, Tims said.
“On the scheme of things for volcanic eruptions, it’s not large, but if you were close to that, it is not good,” Ken Gledhill from GNS Science said.
Air New Zealand, the country’s flag carrier, confirmed in a tweet that no flights had been affected.
Visiting an active volcano comes with major risks. The Royal Geographical Society conducted a study on volcano tourism, noting that most tourists are not aware of the risks involved. Deaths have occurred around the world. Though regulations are in place, these vary depending on the municipality, and ultimately the planet is wildly unpredictable.
Be sure to observe the safety regulations and pay attention to any applicable safety procedures. Even if you’re one to occasionally stray from the marked trails, this is time to err on the side of caution.
Featured photo by Jose Azel/Getty Images.
WELCOME OFFER: 30,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $600
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: up to $100 annual CLEAR statement credit, up to $100 annual LoungeBuddy statement credit, 3x points on travel and transit, 3x points on restaurants worldwide
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 30,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $2,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on all eligible travel, from subway swipes and window seats to hotel stays and city tours.
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points at restaurants worldwide.
- Receive up to $100 per year in statement credits when you use the American Express® Green Card to pay for your CLEAR® membership at select airports and stadiums across the U.S. and Permissible Biometric Scanning Technology terms: eye scanning, irises scanning and fingerprints scanning.
- Use the American Express® Green Card to purchase lounge access through LoungeBuddy to any of the lounges in the LoungeBuddy network – no memberships, elite statuses, or first class tickets required. Earn up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year on your LoungeBuddy purchases.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- $150 Annual Fee.
- Terms Apply.
- See Rates & Fees