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Health alert in volcanic zonePeople are being warned to stay indoors if they are experiencing ash fall from the latest Tongariro eruption.
A national advisory has been issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management after minor volcanic activity began at Tongariro and Te Maari craters late this morning.
It warns the ash fallout could be hazardous in the immediate vicinity of the craters. Light volcanic ash fall can be anticipated downwind of Tongariro and may impact on Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne and Bay of Plenty
People living in or near the affected areas should:
If caught in volcanic ash falls:
GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the eruption and further information will be released as soon as it is available.
The National Crisis Management Centre is not activated at present, however MCDEM is monitoring the situation.
Date: 21 November 2012
Contact details: 0800 CD EVENT (0800 23 38 368)
Taupō Civil Defence team is responding to the small ash eruption on Mount Tongariro about 1.30pm
The Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed the eruption, which is believed to have lasted about two minutes. Locals in the immediate vicinity of Mount Tongariro have also reported the eruption.
A helicopter has been sent up by DOC to survey the mountain to ensure anyone on or around the mountain is safe.
Emergency manager Phil Parker says that with the current wind direction, there is a possibility ash may travel north over Taupō.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Phil Parker • Emergency Manager • 07 376 0803 • 027 493 0557
Vicki Waterhouse • Communications Advisor • 07 376 0718 • 027 644 1129
Leola Abraham • Communications Manager • 07 376 0762 • 021 227 3781
Taupō District Council