Icelandic authority advises people to wear masks, stay indoor in volcanic ash areas

09:44, April 16, 2010      

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Iceland's Civil Defense Department has advised people in areas affected by volcanic ash to wear masks and residents with respiratory problems to stay indoor, the local media reported on Thursday.

"The advice was approved in a meeting this morning. We have a fair stock of masks left from the influenza prevention program, now it's time to make use of all of them," Icelandic antisepsis doctor Haraldur Briem was quoted as saying by the Icelandic daily DV.

He also suggested people who need to work outdoor wear exposure suits to stay clean of ashes.

"If the ash gets dense and smoke accompanies, we'll advise people to use goggles too. We are currently working on what more advices are suitable to give," Briem added.

He pointed out that the ash would be analyzed and its component would come out later Thursday or Friday.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office is now forecasting north wind picking up after Friday evening, which means southern parts of the eruption site will also be affected.

Currently, the affected areas are western county and those around the eruption site. But wind direction changes rapidly in Iceland and that can set things in a completely different situation. In case of wind direction changes, the affected areas will widen to include even southwest Iceland where the country's capital area and international Keflavik airport lie.

Source: Xinhua


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