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What to do

BEFORE

DURING&

AFTER

ASH FALL?

“ashfall maybe just a dust, but it can cause hazard not only in human being and also to other organism .”

ASH FALL

     A volcanic eruption can be non-explosive. Non-explosive eruption is a quiet effusion of lava. An explosive eruption can be compared to an atomic bomb explosion, exploding thick and dark ash clouds reaching up to thousands of meters high. Volcanic ash clouds are fine fragments ejected by a volcano during such an eruption. Sometimes they can be seen growing like a giant mushroom enveloping the horizon over an erupting crater causing the surrounding area to be shrouded with darkness. however, after a few minutes, the ash falls back to the ground like rain. This what we call ash fall. after the ash fall, you'll notice that the coarser fragments can be found near the volcano well as you go further the ash becomes finer.

   Heavy ash fall can cause harm to humans, animals, plants, equipment, engines and structures. find volcanic ash is often a rispirable which can cause pulmonary-respiratory disease if inhaled over prolonged period. volcanic ash contains soluble salt which can harm plants. Thick ash that accumulate on the roofs especially when rained on could cause the collapses of houses and buildings. also, acid-bearing ash could cause metal corrosion and destroy household appliances like air conditioner, freezer, refrigerator, radio, television set, computer, etc. ash could likewise affect vehicle engines and cause vehicular accidents. we can not stop an ash falls but we can minimize its adverse effect.

The following are some tips on what to do BEFORE, DURING, AFTER, an ASH FALL

BEFORE

If there is a an impending eruption that may cause ash fall, listen to the radio for updates

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Always prepare an emergency supply kit. Put there medical supplies, canned goods, bottled water, whistle extra batteries just in case.

DURING

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stay calm. cover nose and mouth with damp clean cloth or mask. as soon as the ash fall tapers, scrape all the ash fall that has accumulated on roof tops to prevents collapse

listen to the radio for updates, close all the window and doors. keep your pets in the shelter

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Wash thoroughly all fruits and vegetables before cooking. Cover water containers and food to avoid food contamination.

If you are driving a vehicle, pull to the side of the road and stop if there is a heavy ashfall

if you are outdoors, looks for a shelter and wear glasses to protect your eyes. avoid using contact lenses

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to remove ash fall from glass windows of the house and car, use water hose before washing them with soap and lukewarm water.

collect all the ashes and put them in an area far from water.

To remove ash fall from glass windows of the house and car, use water hose before washing them with soap and lukewarm water.

collect all the ashes and put them in an area far from water.

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Remove ash from roof and gutter to prevent corrosion 

shakes plants before watering them

Use vacuum cleaner or shake loose the ash from furniture before dusting them. cover your nose and mouth while cleaning.

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Use powder detergents in washing clothes contaminated with ashes

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AFTER

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