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5 dead, many hurt after New Zealand volcano eruption

Wellington: Five people were killed, 18 were injured and several more were left stranded after an island volcano popular with tourists erupted unexpectedly in New Zealand on Monday.
Police said some 50 people were visiting White Island when it exploded suddenly in the early afternoon -- hurling ash and rock high into the air.
Nothing is yet known about a group -- now estimated to number in the double digits -- who are still trapped on the island.
“We’re unsure of the exact numbers on there and we’re unsure of their wellbeing,” said deputy commissioner John Tims.
As night fell, he said volcanic activity made a rescue attempt too dangerous. (Afp)