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Hawaii issues 'red air' alert for areas near Kilauea volcano

IANS  |  Washington 

A "condition red" air quality alert has been issued after the Fire Department reported that fissures near the Kilauea were releasing high levels of dioxide gas.

civil officials on Monday urged residents to take action to limit further exposure, warning that "condition red" means immediate danger to health, reported.

The situation can lead to severe problems like choking and an inability to breathe, said the County Civil Defence.

The (HEMA) offered suggestions to residents about how to cope with in an emergency proclamation.

"Leaving the area of volcanic activity or sheltering in place are the best ways to protect yourself and your family," it said.

HEMA officials recommended that residents avoid outdoor activities, drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, stay indoors and close windows and doors prior to

Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has been spitting lava since 10 days. Lava flowing from fissures on its flank had destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 18:36 IST
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