New Zealand volcano: families, first responders and PM react after eruption


The scale of this tragedy is devastating. Police and Defence Force personnel
have undertaken a number of aerial reconnaissance flights over
the island since the eruption. However, no signs of life have been detected. We’re standing strong, standing together,
holding the fort together. And like I said, in prayer with faith. We’re just staying strong for one another
until we actually know for sure. We are scared escape and we are emotional
and some of us do want to fall apart but this is not really an option. Our hearts go out to the families of those
who are injured, missing or deceased. To those who have lost or are missing
family and friends, we share in your grief and sorrow and
we are devastated. To our international partners and friends,
we will do everything we can to support you as you have supported us in times past. It’s pretty overwhelming. I mean, the amount of dust and it really
hits home that you know, I can only imagine what it was like for
the people that were there at the time. They had nowhere to go. An absolute terrible experience. Recovery is going to take a long time
and their injuries are one thing but then the emotional aspect is probably
lifelong and not just for the victims, but also their families and their loved ones
and extended families. So it is quite a traumatic experience and
yeah, it’s going to be ongoing.

100 thoughts on “New Zealand volcano: families, first responders and PM react after eruption

  1. Can you imagine ScroMo being like this? His whole continent is on fire and all he cares about is his religious bigotry bill.

  2. you aint finding the lost ones in the volcano unlees you bury every volcano in the sea then youll probably save more lives

  3. Well that will teach you to live near a volcano or even tourists wanting to go see it. It’s all fun n games till someone gets hurt

  4. The people of Pompeii would be turning in their statues, and they weren't even on the volcano. We seem to continually never learn from past experience. We're a self sabotaging mess of a human race.

  5. My friend that is called Ava she was in my school and in the same class as me she was one of my best friends and she moved to New Zealand for 2 years she was only in year 3 (3 grade)

  6. I'm quite surprised to see that the New Zealand premier isn't wearing a smouldering hat like (the crazy world of) Arthur Brown in order to show solidarity with the victims of this tragedy.

  7. Her volcano island… her fault people were having day trips to a live and obviously unpredictable volcano! Why wasn't it kept inaccessible?! Were was the equipment to monitor the chance of an eruption?!

  8. A human-made tragedy. It looks as if the New Zealand police service is well-and-truly feminised. Just as well then that the main criminal New Zealand faces is NATURE – aided and abetted by stupid officials. Nature is not concerned about the effectiveness or not of the police and officials.

  9. . Great people, fantastic country and a Prime minister that shames the rest of the World leaders.
    Tears for your loss. Stand firm together in love .

  10. the amount of things that happened in new zealand this year jeez

    R.I.P to all of those who passed away or was injured

  11. We need to Decolonize the volcano's blah blah Terrible tragedy blah White supremacy belching from the summit blah blah Patriarchal system of tectonic oppression blah bla blah..

  12. So sad… Prayers go to the families that lost their loved ones. Maybe this is sign from Mother Nature to stop polluting her.

  13. What is she going to do to STOP these tourism operators and local authorities cashing on risking people’s lives? One thing is hiking even in glaciers quite another is permitting tourists to walk along a vulcano with level 2, which means MODERATE TO HEIGHTENED VOLCANIC UNREST! No guarantees! Shame!

  14. Tour guides leading tourists towards a volcano which was increasingly unstable this year- earthquakes and rising sulphur emissions AND they walk right in the middle of a blast valley carved out by previous eruptions, in the line of least resistance where the pyroclastic flows will travel.

    Beyond stupid.

  15. What is she going to do to STOP these tourism operators and local authorities cashing on risking people’s lives? One thing is hiking even in glaciers quite another is permitting tourists to walk along a vulcano with level 2, which means MODERATE TO HEIGHTENED VOLCANIC UNREST! No guarantees! Shame!

  16. What is she going to do to STOP these tourism operators and local authorities cashing on risking people’s lives? One thing is hiking even in glaciers quite another is permitting tourists to walk along a vulcano with level 2, which means MODERATE TO HEIGHTENED VOLCANIC UNREST! No guarantees! Shame!

  17. There are many questions that need answering, primarily, why, after volcanologists noticed a sudden increase in activity last week, tours were not postponed. This could have been avoided. Instead, families are either in limbo, and/or grieving for lost loved ones. I cannot even begin to imagine their emotional trauma.

  18. Imagine if yellow stone went off? The sky would be in darkness for years. Plus the city i live near is built on a dead volcano.

  19. Geonet knew and warned no one. Said nothing. They have known since October 30th. No one should have been allowed near that island.

  20. Woman since you have taken the helm of the Government, New Zealand has experience several disasters! You are like a plague!

  21. My thoughts and energy go out to all those who have lost loved ones in real tragic accidents and events… not to clowns that decide an active volcano is a cool place to go see… cool..

  22. The only time people praise Ardern is during a time of tragedy. Useless PM. Disgusting use of a tragedy to boost her own standing.

  23. White Island volcano: police open inquiry as sixth person dies ► theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/09/new-zealand-eruption-dead-missing-white-island
    'I don't have any hope': Whakatāne mourns after White Island eruption ► https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/i-dont-have-any-hope-whakatane-mourns-after-white-island-eruption
    New Zealand volcano: helicopter pilot says he was victims' last hope ► https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/10/new-zealand-volcano-helicopter-pilot-says-was-victims-last-hope

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