A volcanic haze from Mount Kilauea in Hawaii has reached the Marianas and is affecting visibility in the region.
According to information received from the National Weather Service in Tiyan, Guam, and compiled at CNMI Emergency Operations Center-State Warning Point, latest observations across the Marianas showing reduced visibilities of around 7 miles indicate that volcanic haze produced by Mount Kilauea has reached the region.
Satellite imagery shows a dense plume of haze spanning the central Pacific that becomes more diffused closer to the Marianas. The haze is being carried along by the east-northeast trade winds.
According to Google, Hawaii is 3,857 miles away from the Marianas region.
Winds are expected to continue bringing haze into the Marianas the next couple of days.
A trough in the central Pacific is expected to redirect haze farther to the north later this week, reducing the haze in the Marianas.
Residents across the region should continue to monitor information from their local emergency management offices and the National Weather Service. Residents with respiratory health problems should stay indoors and minimize time outdoors when haze is seen. Mariners and pilots should be aware of slightly lower visibilities caused by this haze.
Residents of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota are being advised to stay informed on the latest statements and advisories that will be available through local media sources and NOAA weather radio broadcast on 1625 megahertz, or call the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at 237-8000 or 664-8000, and for the Northern Islands to contact the CNMI EOC State Warning Point at high frequency single side band radio on frequency 5.205.0. (EOC)