Email By Norman Hermant and Brendan Esposito in Whakatane, New Zealand Posted December 12, 2019 04:25:51 Photo: Donna Sergent (left) says "everyone gravitates towards" White Island, and she's concerned about what happens if tourism dries up. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito ) Related Story: 'I know where they all are': Pilot says he could have bodies off volcano in 90 minutes Related Story: 'Superhuman' skipper escapes White Island volcano but goes back to save others Related Story: 'Prone to sporadic explosions': Tourists should not have been at NZ volcano site, expert says Map: New Zealand At the side of the main road heading into Whakatane, Donna Sergent is loading up on oranges being sold out of the back of a van.She loves this side of life in the town, and worries about what could happen if tours to the White Island volcano don't resume. "It does bring a lot of people to the town. It's not the only thing in the town, but everyone gravitates to it," she says. "It's … [Read more...] about New Zealand volcano eruption: What next for the town living in the mighty shadow of White Island?
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Email ABC South East SA By Selina Green Posted December 11, 2019 18:48:36 Photo: Volcanologists said they do "not know" when an eruption could occur in Australia. (Supplied: David McClelland) Related Story: Tourists had 'very little' warning ahead of deadly volcanic eruption Related Story: Adelaide mother found alive but severely burned after White Island volcanic eruption Related Story: It's a strange thing to continue on holiday after something so terribly tragic Map: Mount Gambier 5290 Volcano experts say Australia needs to be better prepared for a potential eruption, with a stretch between Melbourne and south-east South Australia home to about 400 volcanic centres. Key points:Australia's volcanic province, on average, experiences an eruption every 12,000 yearsExperts cannot predict when the next occurrence will be, with potential for an eruption "in a few weeks" or in "thousands of years" timeExperts warn that other hazards can occur in the case of an … [Read more...] about Australia urged to learn from New Zealand’s White Island volcano tragedy with ‘a lot more’ preparation
Email Updated December 11, 2019 16:46:58 Photo: Julie Richards and her daughter Jessica had booked an excursion to White Island ahead of the volcano eruption. (Supplied: Barbara Whitehead) Related Story: It's a strange thing to continue on holiday after something so terribly tragic Related Story: Here's what we know about those feared missing or dead after the New Zealand volcano eruption Related Story: From tourist attraction to disaster site in seconds: The timeline of the White Island eruption Map: New Zealand Brisbane woman Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica Richards, 20, as well as Adelaide man Gavin Dallow, have been confirmed dead in the New Zealand volcano disaster. Key points:Gavin Dallow's body has been found and his step-daughter Zoe Hosking is presumed deadHis wife Lisa Dallow remains in hospital with severe burnsJennifer and Julie Richards from Brisbane were on a family holiday when they died New Zealand police have found and identified Mr … [Read more...] about New Zealand volcano eruption killed three Australians, including Adelaide man and Queensland woman and her daughter
Email By Paige Cockburn and Bellinda Kontominas Updated November 09, 2019 07:44:54 Video: Man documents fire's destruction of his property. (ABC News) Related Story: Towns evacuated as dangerous fires burn across NSW and Queensland: As it happened Map: Tenterfield 2372 The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) says two houses have been destroyed and people are trapped in their homes, as an unprecedented bushfire emergency grips the state.The homes were wiped out around the Coraki area on the far-north coast and left a resident and a firefighter in hospital suffering smoke inhalation.There are multiple reports people are also trapped in their homes in several locations because fire crews cannot reach them due to the intensity of the blazes. Get the latest RFS advice here The RFS said firefighters were in "uncharted territory" and at the peak of the crisis, a record 17 blazes burned simultaneously at emergency level.More than 50 other blazes across NSW remain out of control. For … [Read more...] about NSW fires destroy homes, leave people trapped as RFS fights 15 emergency blazes
Email By Alan Weedon Posted December 12, 2019 06:04:18 Photo: The number of lives lost in the disaster is expected to rise. (AP/Maxar Technologies) Related Story: This is why New Zealand has volcanoes Related Story: 'Prone to sporadic explosions': Tourists should not have been at NZ volcano site, expert says Related Story: Here's what we know about those feared missing or dead after the New Zealand volcano eruption Map: New Zealand In New Zealand, everyone's covered by public indemnity insurance. Key points: All victims of the White Island disaster will be eligible for compensation from NZ's public insurance bodyCritics of NZ's no-fault compensation scheme say it leads to more risk taking Proponents of the scheme say it improves continuity of care That means both residents and visitors can apply for compensation if they suffer accidents while at work, on a holiday, or even in a major tragedy such as a terrorist incident or natural disaster. Legally, this means … [Read more...] about New Zealand’s Whakaari/White Island victims are all covered by state compensation. Here’s why