More eyewitnesses describe New Zealand volcano eruption

Officials have warned the chance of another eruption in the next 24 hours could be as high as 60% after the first one on White Island left at least six dead.
2:34 | 12/11/19

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The latest on the volcano eruption. This morning the threat of another eruption is growing hurting recovery efforts. This as questions grow about why tourists were allowed there in the first place. Marcus Moore is in New Zealand. He remains there with us and has new reporting. Good morning, Marcus. Reporter: Well, robin, good morning, the situation here is still dire. Teams cannot get on that island to recover bodies. Over concerns the island could erupt again at any moment. Overnight, the risk of another eruption on New Zealand's white island increased. No, no, no. Reporter: Officials warning the chance of it happening in the next 24 hours could be as high as 60%. This morning hope that any survivors will be found alive all but gone. The death toll remains at six. We now know seven Australians and two new zealanders are among those still on the island believed to be dead and for the first time overnight we saw the volcano up close. Newlyweds Matthew and Lauren were two who explored it. They were the lucky ones. This isn't a joke. The volcano actually erupted while we were on the island. Lauren and a got pretty badly burned so we're at the hospital in New Zealand. My hands are burned so I can't use my phone. Reporter: We spoke to Matthew's mother at the airport. He has no use of his hands. Trying no the to cry. My son said he wanted me to come. Reporter: Lauren is suffering from burns to 25% of her body. There might be geysering but to those visiting it would look like that's normal. Reporter: Questions about why tourists were allowed on the island in the first place. Officials raising the volcanic threat level on the island just weeks ago. Dr. Robin George Andrews, contributing writer for "National geographic" seen even with an uptick these eruptions are impossible to predict. Knowing that they had happened in the past and raised the alert level I personal wouldn't have visited the island. Reporter: This morning, dozens of people are in the hospital receiving treatment for severe burns. Donor skin is being brought in from the United States and Australia and doctors here say that the number of people being treated for burn injuries at the same time is unprecedented for this country. Robin. So hard to hear. Thank you. Michael. Thank you, robin.

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