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Mount Tongariro erupts: Advice for people in the area

Published: 2:27PM Wednesday November 21, 2012 Source: ONE News

Following today's Mount Tongariro eruption, Geo Net advises that people living in or near the affected areas should:

- If experiencing ash fall, stay indoors. Volcanic ash could be a health hazard, especially if you suffer from breathing difficulty. If outside, seek shelter (e.g. in a car or building)

- When indoors, close all windows and doors to limit the entry of volcanic ash.

- If caught in volcanic ash falls: Wear a dust mask or use a handkerchief or cloth 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 for updated emergency information and instructions.

- Do not tie up phone lines with non-emergency calls.

- Stay out of designated restricted zones. Effects of a volcanic eruption can be experienced many miles from a volcano.