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Australians are once again feeling weirded out by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after she immediately addressed the nation following devastating volcanic eruption that engulfed tourists on the country’s White Island.
More than 20 people are still missing after the eruption rocked the two kilometre-wide island at 2:11pm local time, sending plumes of white smoke, ash and debris 12,000 feet into the sky.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called the event a “terrible tragedy” – but failed to mention the cricket – as is his go-to for dealing with a crisis.
Earlier authorities had said fewer than 50 people had been on the island at the time of the explosion, revising down an earlier estimate of around 100.
This is the second time Ardern has confused and distressed her country’s cross-Tasman neighbours with her competent and sincere response to a tragedy – while Australia’s revolving door of Prime Minister move quickly to protect their own public image and distance themselves from the cause.
Ardern has this evening given New Zealanders a thorough update on the emergency response strategy to this volcano – and has outlined ways they can help.
All while being flanked by the emergency experts and a sign language translator.
Unlike the last tragedy that took place in New Zealand this year, Scotty From Marketing has been very quick to point out Australians may be involved.