Australian family of four among missing

A New South Wales family of four is listed among more than 100 people sought by friends and family in the wake of the Whakaari/White Island eruption off the North Island.

They are the Langfords of North Sydney  - Anthony (51), Kristine (age unknown) and teenagers Jesse (19) and Winona (17).

Their names are listed on a website set up by the New Zealand Red Cross to help connect people affected by the catastrophe.

The site has been inundated by families and friends.

People from multiple countries, including Australia, have been registering their loved ones as missing on the site Restoring Family Links since the eruption yesterday.

There were more than 100 names listed as of 10.45 (AEDT) on Tuesday and the majority were still missing.

But the status of more people had changed to "I Am Alive" from "Missing" since 8am (AEDT).

The multiple nationalities on the list show the scale of the panic the disaster has sparked since the eruption.

People were seeking information about loved ones from the United Kingdom, United States, China, Singapore, Bourdeaux in France, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Canada, Portugal, Burma, New Delhi, New Guinea, and Holland.

So far, five people have been confirmed dead.

It's believed up to three of those people are Australians, although this has not been confirmed.

Another eight, all believed to be Australians, are missing or unaccounted for.

Some 34 people, including 13 Australians, were rescued and taken to hospital suffering burns.

Of these, 31 remain in hospital while three have been discharged.


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