is an active andesite stratovolcano
situated 48 km (30 mi) from the east coast
of the North Island of New Zealand,
in the Bay of Plenty.
It is a popular tourist destination
where access or visit to the island
is only allowed as a member of a tour
run by a registered tour operator.
A small charter fleet,
offering day trips and overnight or longer trips,
operates from the nearby port at Whakatane.
On December 9,
it erupted while there were reportedly 47 visitors on the island.
Reports were of about 16 fatalities
and 31 injured with severe burns.
Footages of the eruption circled the web
as horrified tourists witnessed the nightmare.
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