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Civil Defence advisory issued

Civil Defence advisory issued

Posted December 09, 2019
Emergency Services , Environmental

Civil Defence has issued a warning about the hazards in the immediate vicinity of Whakaari / White Island.

Volcanic hazards may impact areas on and near the volcano.

Ash falls may impact areas distant from the volcano. People should stay out of designated restricted zones.

People living in or near the affected ashfall areas should:

Be aware of the potential for ashfall. Consider staying indoors. Volcanic ash could be a health hazard, especially if you suffer from breathing difficulties.When indoors, close all windows and doors to limit the entry of volcanic ash.If caught in volcanic ashfalls: Wear a dust mask or use a cloth handkerchief over your nose and mouth; protect your eyes by wearing goggles. Wear eyeglasses, NOT contact lenses as fine ash will get under the lens.Listen to the radio and/or TV for further assessment and updates.Effects of a volcanic eruption can be experienced many kilometres from a volcano.Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly.