“Authorities believe fewer than 50 New Zealanders and international tourists were on or near White Island — about 30 miles off the coast of New Zealand’s North Island — but the exact number of people unaccounted for is unclear.” NPR: At Least 5 Dead After Volcano Erupts Off New Zealand’s Coast.

+ “Every year thousands of tourists take boat trips and helicopter tours to view the White Island’s dramatic landscape. Some have questioned whether the privately owned island, which is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano, should have been operating as a tourist destination.” Questions arise as to why tourists were on White Island after scientists noted volcanic activity. Here are some photos from BBC.