New Zealand’s volatile volcano on White Island erupted on December 9th, injuring several dozen people and killing 16 people. Although there was a threat of another eruption, the elite soldiers from the New Zealand Defence Force courageously retrieved six bodies from the volcano. Two casualties remain missing. The team being from the bomb disposal squad, Special Forces commander Rian McKinstry said he was ‘incredibly proud’ of the team. The risk of another eruption happening within the 24 hours of the operation was 50-60 percent. According to the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, despite such high odds against the team, they wanted to help the grieving families. The people who were killed on the island were tourists from Australia; one body is thought to be New Zealand tour guide, Hayden Marshall-Inman. Due to a thick layer of acidic ash and poisonous gases ‘billowing’ from the volcanic vent, the recovery of the missing casualties has been on hold for days.
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