December 11, 2019 / 4:34 AM / 3 months ago

New Zealand says more eruptions on volcanic island likely

A view of White Island, New Zealand after a volcanic eruption December 9, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media. AUCKLAND RESCUE HELICOPTER TRUST /via REUTERS

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand authorities said monitoring equipment on the volcanic island that erupted two days ago has picked up increasing tremors on Wednesday, delaying any attempt to access the island to retrieve bodies.

“Seismic signals on the island are escalating at the moment,” Graham Leonard, a volcanic geologist at GNS Science, told reporters in Wellington.

“Yesterday there was a high risk of an eruption,” Leonard said. “Today there is an even higher risk of an eruption. And the parameters are worsening at the moment.”

Reporting By Jane Wardell; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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