PRESS RELEASE: Volcanic Haze Reaches the Marianas Again
Written by Kyle Mandapat on June 25, 2018
For Immediate Release
June 25, 2018
Volcanic Haze Reaches the Marianas Again
The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
NWS advises volcanic haze produced by Mount Kilauea in Hawaii has reached the Marianas again and is expected to linger across the area for much of the week. The winds may decrease at times due to showers periodically developing between the Marianas and Hawaii but easterly trades will continue to funnel the channel of haze toward the Marianas that will reduce visibility across the region.
Though the haze is not expected to cause widespread health problems, those with respiratory issues should limit outdoor activities until the haze reduces or dissipates.
The Department of Public Health and Social Services remind all residents and visitors, especially those with asthma, chronic bronchitis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), or other pre-existing respiratory conditions, to minimize time outdoors and avoid being outdoors where haze is seen. If being outdoors is necessary, consider wearing a face mask. Ensure that medications are on hand and readily available in case they need to be taken.
Symptoms to watch for: Wheezing, Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing, Chest Heaviness, Lightheadedness, Dizziness. If symptoms are not relieved by usual medication, seek medical attention. Contact your physician for any questions or concerns.
The Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST) and the Guam Fire Department (GFD) Hazardous Materials (HazMat) plan to conduct air monitoring tests at various sites throughout the island and test results will be provided to the Guam Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Health and Social Services for further analysis.
The haze may return in the coming weeks or even months, so it is important for the community to stay up to date with the latest information.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), working with NWS and all stakeholders, will continue to monitor the situation and provide the community with updates. Residents and visitors can monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
- NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
- NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
- GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
- GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at email@example.com or Guam National Guard Public Affairs Officer, Major Josephine Blas at (671) 483-0324 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.