The White Island volcano in New Zealand, which is as one of the island nation’s popular tourist spots, erupted Monday, leaving at least five people dead and others missing.
One visitor from the Bay Area escaped from the eruption while tweeting front-and-center images of the chaos.
There were five confirmed deaths, according to New Zealand police, with at least a dozen injured.
Among those injured in the eruption was an American couple on their honeymoon. Reports said the two were badly burned during an excursion onto White Island from a cruise ship.
At least 10 people are missing, but a statement by the New Zealand police issued this morning said that they believe chances of finding anyone still alive on the island are zero.
“Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation. Based on the information we have, we do not believe there are any survivors on the island,” the statement said. “Police is working urgently to confirm the exact number of those who have died, further to the five confirmed deceased already.”
The last time the White Island volcano erupted was in 2001; the last fatality caused by the volcano was in 1912, when an eruption killed between 10 and 20 people.
Scientists began warning about volcanic activity in October.