新西兰火山喷发致多人死亡
Deadly Volcano Erupts in New Zealand

新西兰火山喷发致多人死亡

Deadly Volcano Erupts in New Zealand

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新西兰火山喷发致多人死亡

Deadly Volcano Erupts in New Zealand

2019-12-11

新闻报道称,距新西兰主要北岛约50公里处的怀特岛发生火山喷发,造成至少18人受伤。


周一,新西兰一座火山喷发,造成至少5人死亡,还有多人失踪。
A volcano burst in New Zealand on Monday, killing at least five people and leaving many more missing.

新闻报道称,距新西兰主要北岛约50公里处的怀特岛发生火山喷发,造成至少18人受伤。其中有些为严重烧伤。
News reports said at least 18 people were injured in the eruption of White Island volcano, about 50 kilometers off New Zealand’s main North Island.

其中有些为严重烧伤。
Some of the injured suffered severe burns.

据路透社报道,火山喷发时,包括新西兰人和外国游客在内大约50人可能都在火山附近。
About 50 people - including New Zealanders and foreign visitors - were feared to have been near the volcano at the time of the eruption, Reuters news agency reported.

旅游团经常到怀特岛进行一日游。
Travel groups often make day visits to White Island.

警方在一份声明中表示,经过直升机和其他飞机的搜救行动,岛上已无生命迹象。
Police said in a statement there were no signs of life on the island after helicopters and other aircraft carried out search and rescue operations.

声明还表示,“警方相信,岛上所有可能生还的人撤离时都已获救。”
"Police believe that anyone who could have been taken from the island alive was rescued at the time of the evacuation," the statement said.

火山喷发后,可以看到大团的火山灰和蒸汽喷向数千米的高空中。
Large clouds of ash and steam could be seen shooting thousands of meters into the air after the explosion.

这场灾难立即引发了人们对为什么允许游客参观怀特岛的质疑。
The disaster immediately raised questions about why people were permitted to visit White Island.

科学家们已指出,最近几周火山活动有所增加。
Scientists had noted a rise in volcanic activity in recent weeks.

GeoNet机构负责监测新西兰的火山和地震活动。
The GeoNet agency follows volcano and earthquake activity in New Zealand.

11月18日,该机构将怀特岛的警戒级别从1级提高到2级。
On November 18, it raised the alert level on White Island from 1 to 2.

5级代表大规模火山喷发。
A level of 5 represents a major eruption.

该机构当时还表示,在过去的几周里,火山震动强度已经从轻微上升到中等强度。
The agency also said at the time that volcanic tremors had increased from weak to moderate in past weeks.

周一火山喷发后,GeoNet将警戒级别提高到4级,之后下调至3级。
After the eruption Monday, GeoNet raised the alert level to 4, before dropping it down to 3.

GeoNet机构的工作人员肯·格莱德希尔说:“从火山喷发的角度看,这次的火山喷发并不算大。
"For volcanic eruptions, it is not large," said Ken Gledhill, who is with the agency.

但是如果你在火山附近,那就不好了。”
"But if you were close to that, it is not good."

雷·卡斯是澳大利亚墨尔本莫纳什大学地球科学学院的教授。
Ray Cas is a professor in the school of geosciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

在澳大利亚科学媒体中心发表的评论中,他将怀特岛的火山喷发描述为“一场等待多年的灾难”。
In comments published by the Australian Science Media Center, he described White Island as "a disaster waiting to happen for many years."

他表示,他相信该岛的火山活动对于每天组团参观的游客来说太危险了。
He said he believes the island’s volcanic activity made it too dangerous for daily group visits.

GeoNet运营的网络摄像头显示,火山喷发前几分钟,至少有一群游客在怀特岛火山口附近。
Internet cameras operated by GeoNet showed that at least one group of visitors were near White Island’s crater minutes before it erupted.

网络摄像头连同其他3个摄像头,通过互联网每10分钟采集一次火山图像并进行传播。
The webcam, along with three others, captures and broadcasts images of the volcano over the internet every 10 minutes.

布莱恩·林恩报道。
I’m Bryan Lynn.