Specialist members of New Zealand's military are preparing to retrieve the bodies of eight victims caught in the eruption of the White Island volcano.At least eight people have died and many more injured after the volcano exploded, sending scalding steam, ash and rock into the air on Monday.The authorities said the operation to recover the remaining victims - all presumed dead - would involve getting on and off the island as quickly as possible, with further eruptions remaining a possibility.What does the mission involve?Eight specialists from the New Zealand Defence Force will go to the island - also known as Whakaari - at first light on Friday morning local time and "make every effort to recover all bodies", deputy police commissioner Mike Clement said.This is despite GeoNet, New Zealand's geological hazard information site, giving a 50-60% chance of another eruption within the next 24 hours.Poisonous gases are still billowing from the volcano and the island is blanketed in acidic … [Read more...] about White Island volcano: How will bodies be recovered?
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A military operation to retrieve the bodies of eight people from White Island in New Zealand has begun, with helicopters setting off from the mainland just after 5am on Friday morning, despite a serious risk of the volcano erupting again. Deputy commissioner John Tims, the national operations commander, said the operation had started after a prayer was held at sea, which was calm and flat this morning with no sign of wind. “This morning a blessing was held at sea with representatives of the families of the victims of the Whakaari/White Island volcanic eruption,” Tims said. “The family representatives are returning to the mainland and the operation to recover the eight bodies on the island has commenced.” Shortly after dawn about 100 members of the local Bay of Plenty community gathered on the shorefront to sing songs and offer karakia (prayers) for the rescuers’ safe return. Some said they had taken the day off work and intended to remain in place until … [Read more...] about White Island volcano: operation to recover bodies begins
The death toll from the New Zealand volcano disaster has risen to 16 after two more victims passed away in hospital overnight Wednesday. Matthew and Berend Hollander, aged 13 and 16, died in hospital on Wednesday, the headmaster of the Sydney grammar school they attended announced, calling it 'a devastating loss for our community'. The teenagers, who lived in Australia but were born in Chicago, were touring the island with parents Martin and Barbara, who are listed among the missing, on Monday when the eruption hit. Their deaths mean 28 people are now being treated in hospital - 21 in New Zealand and seven in Australia - some with burns on up to 80 per cent of their bodies. Three have been treated and discharged. Meanwhile police have announced a plan to recover the bodies of eight who are missing, presumed dead, on White Island - starting at first light on Friday. The death toll from the New Zealand volcano eruption has risen to at least 16 after two more victims died in … [Read more...] about New Zealand volcano death toll rises to 16 as two US-born victims die in hospital and police prepare to stage risky operation to recover eight bodies from the island
The ISIS terror cell behind the atrocities in Paris and Brussels planned to target places where crowds gather, it has been claimed. The UK had been the second country that the terrorists wanted to attack, a source said. The ISIS terror cell behind the atrocities in Paris and Brussels planned to target places where crowds gather, according to a source. Five suspects in the UK were arrested yesterday, following the arrest of the 'man in white' (left) It comes as four men and a woman from Birmingham were arrested on Thursday and Friday in a swoop on the suspected British branch of the network behind the attacks in France and Belgium. 'The network were targeting places where crowds gather in the UK,' a source told The Mirror. 'Britain was second after France on their list of countries in which to launch an attack. 'British officers have been expecting an attack in the UK and still do.' Officers were today given more time to question three of the men and one woman. A … [Read more...] about UK terror cell linked to Man In White and Brussels and Paris jihadis ‘planned to attack places where crowds gather in new atrocity’ police fear as five people are arrested across England
Austrian artist Gustav Klimt's Portrait of a Lady, a painting that was stolen in 1997, appears to have been hiding ever since in the walls of the Italian gallery from which it was taken, officials said on Wednesday. A gardener at the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the northern city of Piacenza discovered a hidden niche protected by a metal panel while clearing ivy around the building. In the cavity was a plastic rubbish bag containing the artwork. The gallery staff was immediately alerted: "I was returning from my lunch break and they called me, 'Come, there's an artwork here,'" gallery worker Dario Gallinari told German press agency dpa on Wednesday. "I thought it was a prank." Gallinari said he immediately recognized it as the missing Klimt. "I have an expert eye," he added. With shaking hands, he took the picture to the gallery's head of security, and the police was called. Gallinari said the artwork appeared "in excellent condition, with no missing … [Read more...] about Painting discovered in a trash bag could be stolen Klimt