VOLCANIC ASH CLOUDS SAIPAN, TINIAN SKIES

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By Oyaol Ngirairikl and Katie Worth

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, May 5) - The volcano on the Northern Mariana island of Anatahan hasn't quieted down.

The National Weather Service released a volcanic ash advisory yesterday for Tinian and Saipan.

Bill McMillan, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said Guam and Rota should not be affected by the eruption.

According to the advisory, satellite images show the edge of a large dust-and-gas cloud reached Tinian and Saipan late yesterday afternoon and is expected to linger over the islands today.

Volcanic dust and gases may reduce visibility at times and may cause breathing difficulties. People with respiratory problems are urged to remain indoors if they see haze or smell a sulfurous odor.

Weather officials urge residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to monitor statements from Emergency Management Officials and the National Weather Service.

May 6, 2005

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