So, you’ve survived a quake…and a tsunami…but now there is a new volcano emerging in the locality. OMG!
There are more than 50 eruptive centres recognised in the central Auckland area (why did anyone think that building a city here was a good idea?) and a large part of Auckland is at risk from future volcanic activity. Rangitoto is the largest in the area and last erupted about 750 years ago…delightfully reminding you of the potential from just off-shore.
Unlike with earthquakes, hopefully a bit of notice would be available here. There are precautions you can take such as organising a getaway kit (torch, water, batteries, food etc) and a survival kit…both of these should be maintained. In the event of a major eruption, you should make your way to safe ground and follow civil defence advice.
- DO save water at an early stage as supplies may become polluted (fill your bath!)
- DO conserve water
- DO stay indoors as much as possible
- DO keep pets indoors
- DO keep separate clothes worn outside – volcanic ash is hard to get rid of – and take them off before entering a building
- DO wear a mask and goggles if you go outside – this will help keep ash out of your eyes and lungs
- DO keep below ridge lines in hilly terrain as the hill will offer protection from flying debris
- DO keep gutters and roof clear of ash – heavy deposits can cause a collapse
- DON’T go sightseeing in a restricted area
- DON’T leave home unless advised to do so, and if you do, switch off gas and electricity and take your getaway kit with you.
Hopefully it never happens. And if it does (which is probable), hopefully it isn’t the size of Lake Taupo going up because that was seen in Europe!