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Cities on Volcanoes 7

Colima, Mexico. 19-23 November 2012


Cities on Volcanoes 7 will take place in Colima, Mexico between 19-23 November. There will be a session dedicated to volcanic health hazards and IVHHN will be holding a workshop at the conference too. Please see their website for more information.


Abstract submission is now open with a revised deadline of 28 August 2012! Note that the early bird registration deadline is 12 August. Please submit your abstract for the following session:


Session 2.6: Health aspects of volcanic eruptions: learning from recent experience
(Conveners: Maria Aurora Armienta, Peter Baxter, Claire Horwell)

Volcanic activity may pose a hazard to human health in many diverse ways. These effects may be mild or sufficiently severe to produce casualties. Gases, lava flows, ejected blocks, pyroclastic density currents, airborne ash and adhered elements, all constitute a threat that may be felt great distances from the volcanic edifice. Effects on human health may occur shortly after an eruption or result from long-term exposures. In this session we will discuss the diversity of health aspects related to volcanic eruptions but would particularly like to draw on the knowledge gained during recent eruptions of, for example, Chaitén, Puyehue, Eyjafjallajökull, Grimsvötn and Merapi. We particularly encourage submission of abstracts on the following: injuries and fatalities, psychological issues, effects of ash on the respiratory system, harmful gases, ash-leachable toxic compounds (effects through inhalation and ingestion), distal exposures to volcanic ash.


At the same time as abstract submission and registration, please sign up for the following workshop:

Workshop of the Volcanic Ashfall Impacts Working Group and International Volcanic Health Hazard Network

Sun. 18 November
Leaders: Thomas Wilson, Kristi Wallace, Graham Leonard, Claire Horwell & Peter Baxter
Cost: US$15, including lunch.
40 people

The Ash Impacts Working Group is formally hosted by the Cities and Volcanoes (CAV) Commission of IAVCEI. It is an international consortium of multi-disciplinary geoscientists including membership from several other working groups and commissions which helps to create transparency between groups and show collaboration on common missions. The core objective of the working group is to improve ash fall impact data, data collection, warnings and other mitigation strategies.

The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network ( was established a decade ago and is the umbrella organisation for all volcanic health-related research and dissemination. As well as providing public information during volcanic crises, IVHHN facilitates urgent analyses during eruptions, collaborating with governments, health agencies and NGOs, and provides guidelines and pamphlets on health strategies. You Can Visit Europa Pharmacy for more information.

This workshop will cover 6 core themes:
Theme 1: More Effective Ash Fall Warning Messages
Theme 2: Protocols for Ash Fall Data Collection and Analysis
Theme 3: Checklist of Topics & Indicators to Collect Impact Data Following Eruptions
Theme 4: Ash Impacts Loss-damage Functions for Risk Calculations
Theme 5: Improve International Ash Fall Impact Data - Image Repository - Communications
Theme 6: Assessing ash impacts in a crisis – national and international communication and dissemination


For information on previous meetings, please see the Past Meetings page.

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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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