Today, the Prime Minister of New Zealand is considering suspending tourist trips to the White Island, in light of the events that occurred in recent days.
In this regard, the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Jordan, said Friday that it is too early to say whether the government will stop flights to White Island or not, after the death of about 16 tourists and their guides, when the volcano erupted last Monday.
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Through the events, Jordan had told the media in the Whakatane region, "It is a volcano that has been visited during the past thirty years. However, we also hear and agree completely that there are questions being asked that must be answered and will be answered."
Jordan spoke to the media after the New Zealand Defense Forces recovered the bodies of six people, who had died during the tragedy. The forces were unable to move them away from the island earlier, due to volatile seismic activity.
Eight other tourists and their guides were confirmed killed earlier this week on a sightseeing tour of New Zealand's most active volcano, when it erupted on Monday.
"The operation went according to plan, but it's not over yet. We know that at least one body is in the water and divers are trying to retrieve it," said Police Commissioner Mike Bush.
New Zealand police said Friday morning that six bodies had been recovered from people who died when a volcano erupted in White Island, New Zealand earlier this week.
Police said the bodies were on a military boat near the island, 48 km off Wakatani Beach, on the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.
Two others are missing and presumed dead on the island.
By Thursday, 21 patients are still undergoing treatment in four burn units across the country, of whom 16 are still in critical condition.
Seven additional Australian casualties were transferred to burn units in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Six others will return to their country.
The National Geological Hazard Monitoring System "Gyont" showed that the volcano's condition remains extremely turbulent.