14 Jun 2003

Sate of Emergency extended in Northern Marianas

8:30 am on 14 June 2003

A state of emergency in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has been extended for another 30 days because the Anatahan volcano is still emitting smoke and ash.

The initial emergency period finished yesterday.

The volcano started erupting on May the 10th and the Emergency Management Office discovered what may be a new lava mound at the beginning of this month.

The EMO says a smoke column has reached heights of up to 8 kilometres.

It says no one will be able to travel within a 30 mile radius of the island and they are continuing to monitor the situation.