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The following information will help you decide on which type of respiratory protection to use, but other factors, such as the cost and availability of the protective products, may also need to be taken into account. When you wear respiratory protection, the effectiveness depends particularly on two factors: 1) how effective the mask or material ...
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The Hawaii State Department of Health reports that the current eruption activity is producing dangerous Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) gas and other emissions that present hazards to health, especially for the elderly, young children and babies, and people with respiratory problems. People who are downwind or close to the vents and lava flows are also at high ...
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Civil Defense message for Friday, May 11th at 11:00 AM As a precautionary measure, residents of Lower Puna, between Kapoho and Kalapana, are advised to be on the alert in the event of possible gas emissions and volcanic eruption.  Because there may be little to no advance notice to evacuate, you should be prepared to ...
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Volcanic activity in Kilauea crater could result in an explosion that sends an ash plume into the atmosphere. If you’re in the area, know what to do in case of an ashfall. Close doors and windows. Place damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources. Tape draughty windows. Protect sensitive electronics and do not ...
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18-05-09 Supplemental Emergency Proclamation for 2018 Kilauea Eruption