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Volcanic eruptions

At least six people were killed when White Island, a volcano off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted. How common are volcanic eruptions?

— According to the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Programme, there are 45 volcanoes around the world in an active state of eruption.

— Yasur, on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, has been in a constant state of eruption since at least 1774.

— Santa Maria, in Guatemala, has been erupting continuously since 1922.

— In terms of distinct eruptions, Mount Etna on Sicily can claim to be the world’s most active volcano, with 219 known eruptions within the past 10,000 years.

Beds down

A boy with suspected pneumonia was photographed on the floor at a hospital in Leeds because there were no beds available. The number of NHS beds has fallen dramatically over the past three decades. Which Prime Minister saw the greatest number lost during their premiership?

John Major (1990-97)

40,462

Tony Blair (1997-2007)

28,253

David Cameron (2010-16)

10,006

Gordon Brown (2007-10)

7,679

Source: NHS

Young leaders

Sanna Marin, 34, became prime minister of Finland, currently the youngest premier in the world. Some who were younger:

William Pitt the Younger (Britain, 1783)

24

Michel Micombero (Burundi, 1966)

26

Dogsomyn Bodoo (Mongolia, 1921)

26

Ahmet Zogu (Albania, 1922)

27

Abdessalam Jalloud (Libya, 1972)

27

Duke of Grafton (Britain, 1768)

33

Election babies

Boris Johnson said ‘romance will blossom across the whole nation’ if he won the election and succeeded in getting Brexit done. Which election victories since 1945 have been followed by the highest number of births nine months later?

MOST BIRTHS

Harold Wilson, 1964

74,106

Edward Heath, 1970

72,955

Harold Wilson, 1966

70,963

Harold Macmillan, 1959

66,817

Clement Attlee, 1945

64,677

FEWEST BIRTHS

Tony Blair, 1997

48,795

Tony Blair, 2001

48,972

Tony Blair, 2005

50,196

Margaret Thatcher, 1979

51,509

Clement Attlee, 1950

52,406