Australian mother and daughter named as volcano victims: Report

SYDNEY: A mother and daughter have become the first Australians to be named as victims of New Zealand's volcano disaster after the family was informed by authorities early on Wednesday (Dec 11), media said.

Brisbane woman Julie Richards, 47, and her daughter Jessica, 20, had been confirmed dead after Monday's explosion at White Island, family friend John Mickel said on the Sky News program.



The two left for New Zealand last Monday and were due home this weekend.

The death toll stands at six, with eight others presumed deceased on the island, which is still too dangerous for rescuers to visit.

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