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What are the Health Issue Causes by Volcanic Ash?


Philippines - On January 12, 2020 just a few days ago after celebrating the New years eve in the country a devastating natural event happens in the province of Batangas.


Taal Volcano the second most active volcano in the country and one of the smallest but destructive volcano in the Philippine history, show her power on Sunday after blowing up volcanic ashes several miles in the sky that leads to ash fall in several nearby provinces.

The effect of the volcanic ash, causes several health problems for children and adults, especially for those people who had health problems like asthma. The ashfall causes also zero visibility for the motorist nearby the Taal Volcano like the provinces of Batangas, Laguna and Cavite.

Due to the Volcanic ash, the country had suspended all works and classes in the entire Luzon and advise the public to wear face mask and goggles to avoid direct contact with volcanic ash.

Volcanic ash or ashfall is like a powdered sand mixing in the air came from a volcanic explosion. These ashes are composed of carbon dioxide and flourine that could cause health issues for those people that could have a direct contact.


What are the effect of volcanic ash or ashfall to human?

1. Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat

2. severe coughing and difficulty breathing

3. Skin Irritation

4. damage caused by a roof collapsed or accident due to slippery road.


What are the things to do to avoid volcanic ash or ashfall?

1. Avoid leaving or going out of the house and close all doors and windows.

2. Hang or put some damp curtains on windows and doors to stop ashes from coming in.

3. Use a face mask or dust musk to prevent inhalation of dust.

4. Use goggles for eye protection.

5. Keep the animals or pets in a safe place.

6. Clean the roof of the house so that it does not collapse.

7. Determine the situation on the road before commuting and obey the traffic law

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