2007 News Archive

IVHHN workshop agenda

Please see the Meetings page to see the agenda for IVHHN's workshop at the CoV5 meeting

Posted: 6/11/07

CoV5 is rapidly approaching!

Only 3 weeks to go until CoV5! We are looking forward to hosting our 4th workshop at the conference as well as holding a volcanic health hazards session. For full details please click on our Meetings page. You will be able to pick up copies of our new pamphlets at CoV5, in English, Japanese and Spanish.

Posted: 25/10/07

Pamphlets Published!

Two sets of pamphlets have been published by IVHHN in association with the United States Geological Survey, IAVCEI's Cities and Volcanoes Commission and the New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences. The first pamphlet is a guide for the public on the health hazards of volcanic ash. The second is for the public and emergency managers on guidelines for preparedness before, during and after an ashfall.These documents were previously already available on the IVHHN website (see news posting of 5/03/06).

The pamphlets will be available for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are currently being distributed to all volcano observatories and are being translated into several languages. Currently they are available in English. The Spanish and Japanese versions will be available by November 2007 with Italian and French soon after. If you would like to have the pamphlets in your language, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please see our new Pamphlets page for further information.

Posted: 17/07/07


IUGG July 2007

A volcanic health-related session was held at the IUGG General Assembly in Perugia, Italy on Friday 13 July. The session, in association with the Cities on Volcanoes session, was very productive, with several presentations on health-related themes. Of particular relevance was Maria Luisa Carapezza's talk on volcanic gas emissions in the Alban Hills, Italy. Here, CO2 and H2S are being released in large quantities very close to residential areas. Maria Luisa has carried out detailed monitoring of gas fluxes in these areas. Claire Horwell also presented a talk on a new technique for determining the composition of micron-sized crystals. The SEM-Raman structural and chemical analyser is manufactured by Renishaw, UK.

Posted: 17/07/07


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Download our pamphlets on preparing for ashfall and on the health hazards of ash. They are designed for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are now avaiable in English, Japanese, French Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Indonesian and Icelandic with Italian versions being available shortly. Please see our Pamphlets page for further infomation.





IVHHN has an article under the Guidelines tab which used to be called 'Recommended Face Masks'. This has now been updated to 'Information on face masks' and is an interim page whilst the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions project investigates which types of respiratory protection are effective in protecting the general population from volcanic ash inhalation. Please note that the translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese have not yet been updated.



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