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Whakaari/White Island


Chilling footage shows moment volcano erupted on White Island as tour group fled to safety


White Island: The faces of the tragedy | nzherald.co.nz


Only a few organisations involved in response to Whakaari/White Island had plan for eruption


New Zealand volcano: fatal eruption on White Island


Whakaari / White Island eruption: Tourists share video of eruption

Whakaari/White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano, situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. It is New Zealand's most-active cone volcano, and has been built up by continuous volcanic activity over the past 150,000 years. The nearest mainland towns are Whakatane and Tauranga. The island has been in a nearly continuous stage of releasing volcanic gas at least since it was sighted by James Cook in 1769. Whakaari erupted continually from December 1975 until September 2000, marking the world's longest historic eruption episode, according to GeoNet, and also in 2012, 2016, and 2019.
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