Countdown to tragedy in chilling new footage of volcano
Chilling footage has emerged of a tour of the White Island volcano minutes before it erupted killing at eight people, leaving ten missing and many more critical in hospital.
Tourists in helmets and gas masks take selfies in front of the steaming crater in the footage, posted by Brazilian Allessandro Kauffman, who lives in Sydney.
A guide can be heard pointing out 'photo opportunities", as the group trudges around the moon-like landscape in shorts and t-shirts.
He warns people not to go too close to "hot bubbling water" and advises people they may need to use their gas masks.
"If you do get engulfed by the steam, turn your back to it , and if you need to, crouch down," he said. "This one's sometimes a little bit nasty."
He also comments about a stream of water tourists step across, commenting he's "a little bit worried why it's going green."
He also explains how the crater, which was soon to explode, was formed.
A shot of Kauffman's watch shows the time, before the group gets back on their boat.
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It was 1.50pm, The volcano erupted at 2.11pm.
The group appear to be sailing away, when the eruption happens.
Passengers scramble as the camera captures a shot of the massive cloud from the sea, before somebody on the boat shouts at passengers to go inside.
"That's terrifying, you can't tell your mum this happened" one tourist says.
"Are they gonna be okay?" another says.
There are shots of what appears to be the empty boat belonging to the stricken tourist group still on the island, as well as an inflatable boat in the water travelling towards it.
The skipper can be heard on the radio talking to the coastguard, saying he's 'confirming what's happening down here,"
A helicopter covered in ash is also spotted by tourists.
More than 20 injured survivors were later pulled aboard the boat.
Passenger Geoff Hopkins told CNN he will never forget the cries of the survivors.
Screaming in pain, with skin peeling from their faces and limbs scorched by steam and ash, they were transferred from a dinghy.
There was "lots of screaming. Panicked screaming," he said, recalling the injured shouting: "'Get me out of here. I'm burning. I'm burning.'"
"A lot of people were in shorts, T-shirts, so their faces, their arms, their hands, their legs (were burned)," Hopkins added. "Skin falling off, and hanging from chins. From fingers. From elbows."