Location: Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Event: The U.S. National Weather Service in Guam has issued the following special weather statement about volcanic haze spreading across the Marshall Islands and into Micronesia:
The latest NOAA hysplit model run executed by WFO Guam projects haze produced by Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii to spread southwestward over the next few days. This trajectory indicates haze will spread southwestward across Micronesia. A haze plume is barely visible on the latest visible satellite loops. Local weather observers at both Kwajalein and Majuro in the Marshall Islands have reported haze at the airports today. This haze is expected to spread farther westward and reach Kosrae…Pohnpei and possibly Chuuk over the next few days. This special weather statement along with the latest weather forecast for Micronesia is available on the WFO Guam website at www.weather.gov/gum/.
According to United Airlines, flights in and out of Amata Kabua International Airport have not been affected by the haze.
Actions to Take:
· Residents across Micronesia from Chuuk state eastward to the Marshall Islands should continue to monitor this developing situation and listen for possible instructions from their weather and emergency management offices.
· Residents with respiratory health problems should stay indoors and avoid being outdoors when haze is seen.
· Mariners and pilots need to be aware of lower visibilities caused by this haze.
U.S. Embassy Majuro
+692 455 1624
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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