(ANSA) – ROME, November 30 – New Zealand authorities have indicted 13 organizations and people in the investigation into the White Island tragedy, in which 22 people were killed in December last year in the Wakari volcano eruption.
Among the accused, ten parties are indicted under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which provides for a fine of up to NZ$1.5 million ($1.06 million). Three others have been charged as individuals and face fines of up to $300,000.
They will have to appear in court on December 15.
At the time of the eruption on December 9, 2019, 47 people were on the island, including tourists from the United States, Great Britain, Germany and China. No visitors have returned since the December 9th outbreak. A year later, many survivors are still receiving treatment for their injuries. (handle).
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