New Zealand volcano has ‘dangerous’ eruption: minister

New Zealand’s Mount St Helens volcano is spewing toxic gas and magma, and residents are reporting breathing difficulties.

The Ministry of Civil Protection said on Monday it was “taking immediate steps” to contain the Mount St Helen volcano.

It said people should stay away from the area where the volcano is erupting.

Authorities are working with the U.S. Geological Survey to identify a “hazardous” volcano that is emitting toxic gas.

Mount St Helen is one of New Zealands oldest volcanoes, and its eruption last week prompted evacuations in neighbouring Southland, and prompted a mandatory evacuation for hundreds of thousands of people in the country.

Mount Lillitoe is also erupting, and the Government is warning residents to stay away, and not to travel to the area.