New Zealand Volcano explosion turned the honeymoon destination upside down with many enduring severe burns and claiming 6 lives already. Many Americans are injured in the catastrophic incident and New Zealand police said that the injured are being treated at the Middlemore Hospital located about 30 miles offshore from mainland New Zealand. According to experts, the volcano is identified as the most active cone volcano which has more than 70% of the volcano under the sea-level.
The initial reports say that more than 47 people are identified to had stayed on the island during the eruption which includes nine American citizens, 24 Australians, 2 Chinese and 4 Germans. Most of the victims belong to the Royal Caribbean cruise ship tourers.
Police said “We are working to confirm the identities of those involved, including those who have died and who are injured. The nature of the injuries that people have suffered is severe and means identifying them is a complex matter.”
Among the injured are American couple Matthew and Lauren Urey, from Richmond, Va., who were spending their honeymoon in New Zealand.
“It was his first cruise and it sounded like she had done a few and she said ‘we’re on our honeymoon and so we’re going to do an excursion at every port stop’. And I mentioned to them this was my 105th cruise on Royals so we started talking, conversing and I didn’t see them in the lounge last night and there were rumors that there were honeymoon couples on the island and you just showed me one of the news footage with their picture of their wedding and it confirmed that it was them,” Plasse told New Zealand media. “You never know, your life changes in a moment so, life is short.”