Thanks Jess and Holly for your thoughts! Fortunately we are about 4 hours drive away so well away. Unfortunately it seems like it was mostly tourists visiting NZ who have been caught up in the eruptions. I've always wanted to visit the island though!! Where I live, Auckland, there are about 52 volcanoes - most of which are only dormant not dead. As NZ lies along the Pacific ring of fire most of us are a little blase about it. No doubt if and when it does happen here it'll cause widespread loss and devastation. Let's hope it doesn't happen for a few more generations at least!