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New Zealand Volcano Eruption

A volcano on New Zealand's White Island erupted on Monday, December 9, 2019, killing at least 5 people and hospitalizing more than 30 others. Additional eruptions at the site of the volcano are likely in the future.

Squaremouth’s Natural Disaster Center explains travel insurance coverage related to tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that may disrupt travel. This resource is regularly updated with provider position statements, press releases, and answers to FAQs.

Fact Sheets and Press Releases

  • 3 Reasons Why New Zealand Volcano Won’t Trigger Travel Insurance Benefits, Says Squaremouth

  • Travel Insurance for When the Unthinkable Happens

  • Travel Insurance Coverage for California Wildfires Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. November 13, 2018 — California’s catastrophic wildfires are threatening the homes of over 13 million residents and forcing evacuations in major metropolitan areas. With high winds expected to worsen the fires this week, travelers may be concerned about upcoming trips, especially with the Thanksgiving holiday just a week away. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains 3 ways travel insurance can help travelers impacted by the fires.

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  • 3 Things You Don’t Know About Travel Insurance Coverage for Wildfires But Should

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. August 9, 2018 - This summer, wildfires have burned out of control in California and Greece. Leading travel insurance comparison website, Squaremouth, says whether your home or travel destination is in the fire’s path, travel insurance may be able to help. But before buying a policy, here are 3 things travelers don’t know about coverage for wildfires, but should.

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  • Traveling to Greece this Summer? Travel Insurance Amidst Deadly Wildfires Explained

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. July 24, 2018 – Deadly wildfires outside of Athens, Greece have forced thousands of residents and tourists to evacuate the popular destination. According to travel insurance comparison site,, Greece is the 10th most popular international destination this summer among U.S. travelers, with a 51% year-over-year increase. As the fires continue to burn, Squaremouth explains how travel insurance can help travelers impacted by these events.

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  • Amid Uncertain Conditions, It’s Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance for Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. May 15, 2018 — Nearly two weeks after its initial eruption, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano is still active, causing more local evacuations and health warnings. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the volcano, leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, advises why travelers with upcoming trips to the destination should not buy a new policy.

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  • Taiwan Earthquake: Squaremouth Breaks Down Travel Insurance Coverage When an Earthquake Strikes

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. February 6, 2018 -- A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the coast of Taiwan, killing at least two people injuring more, including tourists, and destroying hotels. Leading travel insurance comparison company, Squaremouth, explains how travel insurance works when an earthquake hits a traveler’s destination.

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  • Bali Volcanic Eruption: How Insurance Can Protect Travelers

    ST PETERSBURG, FL November 29, 2017— An eruption of Bali’s Mount Agung is considered imminent, causing thousands to evacuate and closing Bali’s main international airport, stranding more than 50,000 travelers. Travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, explains insurance coverage in the midst of the Bali volcanic eruption.

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  • What if the California Wildfires Cancel My Trip? Squaremouth Explains What Travel Insurance Covers

    ST. PETERSBURG FL October 10, 2017 — Wildfires in California are threatening homes and popular tourist destinations, including Disneyland and Napa Valley. Leading travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, answers the top 3 travel insurance questions from travelers with trips affected by the fires.

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  • Travel Insurance Coverage Lessons You Need to Learn After Mexico’s Earthquake

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL September 28, 2017–– Mexico has been one of the most popular tourist destinations for U.S. travelers over the past six years, according to travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth.

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Natural Disaster Event Center External Resources

Natural disasters, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes, can leave large areas uninhabitable and significantly impact travel. Check with local authorities at your destination, and use these resources to determine if your destination has been evacuated or deemed uninhabitable: