New Zealand’s White Island volcano is showing increased seismic activity, putting recovery efforts on hold.
Authorities hoped they would be able to retrieve the eight people presumed dead on the island on Wednesday.
So far, six people have been confirmed dead in the tragedy. Another 25 are in critical condition in hospital with severe burns.
The volcano, also known as Whakaari, erupted on Monday when dozens of tourists were on the island.
“I’ve spoken to many of those involved in the operation and they are very, very eager to get back there, they want to bring people’s loved ones home,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters.
Meanwhile, the identification process and post mortems of the victims are underway.