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I think volcanic ash has the worst effects on human beings in these ways Heavy ash fall may result in the collapse of roofs under the weight of ash and high levels of breathable ash in the air The collapse of roofs can be deadly for people within buildings but falling ash is not yet known to result in serious injury or disease from inhalation Ash and coarser particles inhaled from within a hot dense pyroclastic flow or surge however almost always results in death from burns or asphyxiation People exposed to ash fall and subsequent ash-filled air commonly experience various eye nose and throat symptoms Based on historical eruptions short-term exposures to ash however are not known to pose a significant health hazard Long-term health effects of volcanic ash have not yet been demonstrated People should avoid unnecessary exposure to ash and wear an effective face mask when outside to reduce inhalation of ash particles Patients with chronic bronchitis emphysema and asthma should take special precaution to avoid exposure to ash particles and be aware that the use of any respirator other than single-use respirator that is also disposable may cause additional cardio-pulmonary stress Because volcanic ash is all over the place people typically experience eye discomfort or irritation during and after ash fall especially among those that use contact lenses Commonly reported symptoms of ash include Eyes feel as though there are foreign particles in them Eyes become painful itchy or bloodshot Sticky water or tearing Corneal scratches Volcanic eruptions can be extremely damaging to the environment because of a number of toxic gases possibly present in pyroclastic material It consists mainly of water vapor but it also contains carbon dioxide and
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