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Why were tourists on White Island?

A police investigation is underway after an eruption on a volcanic island in New Zealand killed at least six people, left eight other presumed dead and injured many more.

Police said Tuesday they were investigating the deaths on behalf of the coroner after questions were raised over why tourists were allowed on White Island after it had seen increased seismic activity in the weeks leading up to the eruption.

Those killed, missing or injured came from around the globe to visit the island when tragedy struck Monday afternoon as steam and ash blanketed the popular tourist destination.

With the odds of another eruption at 50%, search and rescue crews were still using drones to survey the island and determine when it is safe to land.

Here’s what we know Tuesday:

Who was on White Island when it erupted and how many people were killed?




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