This page contains information about what to do in the event of a volcanic eruption.
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New Zealand has seven active volcanic centres, all in the North Island.
Before an eruption occurs
- discover whether there are volcanic hazards likely to affect you
- if you live in an active volcanic zone, assume that you may have to deal with the effects of an eruption
- if you live in an area that could experience a lava flow during a volcanic eruption, know a quick route to safe ground.
When an eruption threatens
- if volcanologists agree that a life-threatening eruption is likely to take place, a Civil Defence Emergency will be declared and the danger area evacuated
- listen to your radio for information and follow civil defence advice.
During an eruption
- DO save water in your bath, basin, containers or cylinders at an early stage -supplies may become polluted
- DO stay indoors with your pets as much as possible
- DO wear a mask and goggles if you go outside, to keep volcanic ash out of your eyes and lungs
- DO keep gutters and roof clear of ash – heavy deposits can collapse the roof
- DO take your outdoor clothing off before entering a building -volcanic ash is difficult to get rid of
- DO take your Getaway Kit with you if you have to leave. Turn electricity and gas off at the mains
- DO keep below ridge lines in hilly terrain –the hill will offer some protection from flying volcanic debris
- DON'T go sightseeing
- DON'T leave home unless advised to by Civil Defence.
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