Police Open Criminal Probe Into New Zealand Volcano Deaths
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Tue 10th December 2019 | 10:30 AM
Wellington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Dec, 2019 ) :New Zealand police on Tuesday announced a criminal investigation to probe how an eruption at the White Island volcano led to an estimated 13 deaths.
The threat level at the volcano had been raised in the week before Monday's disaster, prompting questions about whether tour groups should have been allowed to visit the popular destination off the North Island coast.
Tims did not specify the subject of the investigation or what charges could be laid, saying only that the terms of reference were still being developed.
He said the investigation would run parallel to a probe conducted by the workplace watchdog Work Safety New Zealand.
"We take our steer from (government geoscience agency) GNS, who send us a report telling us what the activity levels are, if it's deemed level two, which it was yesterday," chairman Paul Quinn told TVNZ.
He said two of the company's guides were unaccounted for after the eruption.