'No Signs of Life' on Island After Volcano Eruption

5 confirmed dead, but 8 others still missing
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2019 2:44 PM CST
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(Newser) – Five people are confirmed dead, but eight people are still missing after a New Zealand volcano erupted Monday, and national police said early Tuesday (local time) that reconnaissance flights over White Island found "no signs of life at any point." "Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation,” authorities said in a statement. "Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island." More of the latest:

  • Ominous quote: The parents of a Virginia woman who was on the island when the volcano erupted told their story to the Washington Post. Lauren Urey, 32, was on a Royal Caribbean cruise for her honeymoon with new husband Matthew and called her parents excited about their trip to the island. "She said they were going to the volcano," Urey's mother says. "My husband was joking around and said, ‘I hope it’s not a live volcano.'" Their daughter said it was, but that the couple, who ended up in the hospital with severe burn injuries, "weren't concerned that there was any chance of an eruption," her mom says. Per WTVR, Urey ended up with burns to about 25% of her body; her husband, about 80%.

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