There was an article right after the eruption on White Island
reporting there were over 109,000 lightening strikes the
NIGHT BEFORE the eruption started.
[link to strangesounds.org (secure)
I'm not a weatherman...but I mean...109,000 lightening
strikes seems a bit over-the-top even for the electromagnetic
connection a volcano would have with the ionosphere.
I haven't heard of this kind of report for ANY volcano
This image also was circulating a few days before this
all went down (it is a plasma "arc"--something I don't
believe has ever been filmed before...it's NOT a CME):