Tourists unaccounted for following New Zealand volcano eruption: PM

Tourists unaccounted for following New Zealand volcano eruption: PM
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Several tourists are missing after they were last seen hiking around a volcano on New Zealand's White Island shortly before it erupted Monday, according to the country's prime minister.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that multiple tourists were unaccounted for just after 2:30 p.m. local time, according to the BBC

A local mayor told New Zealand media that she feared there would be injuries reported.

"Be aware of the potential for ashfall. Consider staying indoors. Volcanic ash could be a health hazard, especially if you suffer from breathing difficulties," the country's ministry of civil defense and emergency management said in a statement Monday.

"Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly," it continued.