New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets first responders of a deadly volcanic eruption at a fire station in Whakatane where she hugs them and thanks them for their service, Tuesday, December 10.

Six tourists are now confirmed dead as a result of the volcanic eruption on New Zealand's White Island Monday.

New Zealand police say the latest victim died at an Auckland hospital Tuesday night. In addition to the six confirmed deaths, eight others are missing and presumed dead and at least 31 have been injured. New Zealand chief medical officer Pete Watson said at least 27 survivors are being treated for burns to more than 71 percent of their bodies.

Conditions on White Island have made it impossible for rescue crews to return to the island to search for any survivors. Seismic monitoring agency GeoNet says there is still a 50 percent chance of another eruption within the next day. (VOA/AFP)


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