August 7th, 2012

Civil Defence Tongariro Eruption Advisory

Volcanic activity is occurring at Mt Tongariro and could pose a threat to the following areas/regions: Waikato, Hawke’s Bay, Gisborne, Manawatu-Whanganui, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki.

People living in or near the affected areas should:

– Stay indoors: volcanic ash is a health hazard, especially if you suffer from breathing difficulty. If outside, seek shelter (eg 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. Follow any evacuation orders issued by authorities. Refer to the back page of the Yellow Pages for evacuation advice.
  • 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.

Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly.

Volcanic Alert Bulletin:

Volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has changed from 1 to 2.

Aviation colour code has changed from yellow to red.