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The eruption began at 2:15pm on Monday afternoon
A volcanic ash advisory has been issued for the area around White Island
The alert is currently at level four
There are reports up to 20 people were on the island when it erupted
Local media report people with burns injuries
A rescue operation is underway
Steaming, smoking, belching, bubbling and today - erupting.
New Zealand's rowdiest volcano just had one of its biggest episodes in recent times, as White Island blew. There are reports up to 20 people have been injured.
It followed a series of warning signs that had been growing more alarming over recent weeks.
originally posted by: angelchemuel
5 dead, several still missing and rescue operation suspended as it is too dangerous
Very sad Rainbows