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10:20  Five people have died and dozens are missing after Whakaari White Island erupts

A number of tourists were left behind on erupting Whakaari White Island this afternoon, and dangerous conditions are preventing emergency services from returning to find them.

The offshore volcano started erupting just after two o'clock when up to fifty tourists were on sight-seeing tours walking around the island. The five people who have died were among the 23 people brought ashore.

Karyn Hay speaks with Jessie Chiang from RNZ News is in Whakatane where the injured were brought ashore.

The White Island Tour operators rescue people from the island, just after the eruption.

The White Island Tour operators rescue people from the island, just after the eruption. Photo: Supplied / Michael Schade


10.25PM  Auckland Professor publishes why White Island erupted so suddenly

Professor in Environment at the Faculty of Science at the Auckland University, Professor Shane Cronin, has this evening published an article about why White Island erupted so suddenly and the nature of the eruption itself.

He speaks with Karyn Hay from San Francisco where he is attending an international conference on volcanoes. 


10:30 Roads start to reopen after landslides and flooding wreak havoc in the South 

It's slowly becoming clear which roads are able to be repaired and reopened quickly in the South Island and which will take a bit longer. Inland Route 72 over the Upper Rangitata has reopened but state highway one will stay closed overnight.

Over the Main Divide, some roads will be open by the end of the week, but others will take much longer. NZTA's system manager, Pete Connors updates Karyn Hay on the plan for the coming days and weeks.

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10:45 I Didn't Know That: The Rosetta Stone

In our occasional series, I Didn't Know That, tonight Karyn talks to Brent Davis from University of Melbourne about a stone that helped unlock the secrets of hieroglyphs.

The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous objects in the British museum, but how many of us know what it is or where it came from?

Dr Davis is a specialist in many things antiquity-related, including ancient languages and scripts, Philistine Archaeology and Archaeology of ritual and religion. He chats to Karyn about the process of understanding the Rosetta Stone.

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Photo: British Museum