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New Zealand volcano: White Island's eruption in pictures

An island volcano has erupted while tourists were visiting in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty
New Zealand's White Island spewing steam and ash

By nightfall on Monday, five people were confirmed dead and it is thought that no more survivors will be found.

Twenty-three people have been rescued. Up to 50 people were believed to be on the island.
Tour guides evacuate tourists on a boat shortly after the volcano eruption on White Island
Tourist Michael Schade tweeted pictures of the eruption (seen above and below), saying: "My god, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001.
"My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it."
Tour guides could be seen evacuating people minutes after the eruption.
White Island Tour operators rescuing people
A video released by New Zealand's Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), screenshot seen below, shows the volcano spewing steam and ash
Tourists on a boat witnessing and taking photos of the volcano on New Zealand's White Island as it spews steam and ash
A combination photo from GNS, below, shows the volcano shortly before and after the eruption.

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