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American couple honeymoon in New Zealand severely Burnt by volcano

A woman and man from Virginia who had been honeymooning in New Zealand are one of those seriously hurt in a volcano eruption there on Monday. Six people have been confirmed dead and the other eight that are currently missing are presumed dead after the eruption on Whakaari White Island which sent an ash plume thousands of feet in the atmosphere, police said. Matthew and Lauren Urey, of Richmond, Virginia, were one of 47 people considered to have been about the island in the time of this explosion, nine of these Americans. Both husband and wife, who wed in October, were severely burnt, Lauren’s dad Rick Barham told NBC News. Lauren was taken into a hospital in Auckland, the country’s biggest city, where she’s undergoing treatment for severe burns 25 percent of the body, Barham said. Matthew was shot to Christchurch, where he had been in intensive care as of Monday afternoon with burns 80 percent of the body. “It has been an entire nightmare,” Barham told NBC News through Facebook Messenger, including that he’s attempting to obtain a visa to fly into New Zealand.

“We’re being told it might take 10 minutes to 72 hours” for traveling papers to be processed, Barham stated, adding that he believes mostly in the dark concerning the couple’s illness. “We’ve gotten no help from anybody. “I did not even hear the complete messageā€¦ I immediately called him back,” Urey explained. She stated Matthew’s hands were seriously burnt off, which made it hard for him to utilize the phone. Police haven’t published the identities of those victims of the explosion over the island 30 miles from the northeast New Zealand shore. NBC News has shown that one of the deceased is tour guide Hayden Marshall-Inman, called by his brother on societal media. Thirty patients are treated at seven associations, along with the nation’s burn components were full, according to the nation’s Ministry of Health.