New Zealand volcano: White Island's eruption in pictures

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An island volcano erupted while tourists were visiting on Monday in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty.

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By Tuesday, six people were confirmed dead. Eight others were feared to have died and about 30 have serious burns.

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Tourist Michael Schade tweeted pictures of the eruption (seen above and below), saying: "My god, White Island volcano in New Zealand erupted today for first time since 2001.

"My family and I had gotten off it 20 minutes before, were waiting at our boat about to leave when we saw it."

Tour guides could be seen evacuating people minutes after the eruption.

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A photo taken by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, below, shows the volcano from the air.

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A video released by New Zealand's Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), screenshot seen below, shows the volcano spewing steam and ash.

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A combination photo from GNS, below, shows the volcano shortly before and after the eruption.

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Coastguard rescue boats are seen, below, next to a marina near Whakatane, about 40km (25 miles) south of White Island.

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Rescue workers treated survivors in Whakatane, on the North Island's mainland.

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On Tuesday, steam continued to rise from the White Island volcano.

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern (below, centre) gave a press conference with Police Supt Bruce Bird (left) and Whakatane mayor Judy Turner.

Ms Ardern said she shared the "unfathomable grief" of those who had lost family and friends.

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The prime minister also met first responders at the Whakatane fire station.

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A flag in Whakatane could be seen flying at half mast.

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In Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed media with Foreign Minister Marise Payne. Twenty-four of the people affected were from Australia.

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People leave tributes at the port of Tauranga, next to the cruise ship which had carried passengers to White Island when it erupted.

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White Island, also called Whakaari, is the country's most active volcano, seen below in 1999.

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Tourist Ron Neil visited the island in January 2017 and took the photos below.

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"We were obliged to wear helmets and gas masks as a condition of climbing the volcano," Mr Neil said.

"We were only allowed on the island because the risk of eruption that day was measured as 1, on a scale of 1-5.

"Still the sulphur fumes were choking."

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Mr Neil is seen above, wearing a gas mask.

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image copyrightRon Neil

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