Wellington (dpa) - Divers from New Zealand's police and navy have continued to search for two missing persons in the waters around the volcanic island of White Island.
Previously, six more bodies had been recovered from the island on Friday under the most difficult conditions. The police meanwhile searched for clues to find the two missing people on land.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a minute of silence for the victims on Monday. "Wherever you are in New Zealand or anywhere else in the world, this is a moment when we stand by those who have lost their loved ones in this extraordinary tragedy," a statement released on Saturday said.
New Zealand's most active volcano erupted on Monday. A total of 16 people, tourists, and guides on a sightseeing tour of White Island died as a result of the outbreak, and dozens more were injured. According to the Department of Health, 17 injuries were still treated in four hospitals in New Zealand. Another 13 Australian patients were brought to clinics in Sydney and Melbourne. Some are in critical condition.
The island nation of New Zealand lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, the most geologically active zone on earth. The volcano is considered the most dangerous in the country. He had been increasingly active again for some time, but boats with day trippers kept going there. Only trained guides were allowed to enter the island. The privately owned island is now completely closed as a death zone. It was the first fatal outbreak since 1914 when ten miners were killed.
Ministry of Health