ash·​fall | \ ˈash-ˌfȯl How to pronounce ashfall (audio) \

Definition of ashfall

: a deposit of volcanic ash

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Standby status means the public should avoid the area nearest the volcano and have masks available in the event of ashfall. Fox News, "Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake," 3 Oct. 2018 Related stories from Sacramento Bee County Fire in Yolo doubles to 8,000 acres in 2 hours; 30 structures threatened Reports of overnight ashfall in counties, including Napa and Sonomoa, surfaced Sunday morning on Twitter. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "County Fire in Yolo continues furious growth, now 16,500 acres with evacuations ordered," 1 July 2018 In addition to dangers from the bubbling, scalding-hot lava from the Kilauea volcano, residents on the Big Island of Hawaii are enduring threats from both vog and volcanic ashfall. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "There's a code red for Hawaii volcano because falling ash, vog could harm humans, aircraft," 16 May 2018 Users took to social media Sunday to post photos of early-morning ashfall. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Bay Area residents wake up to ashfall from the County Fire, about 75 miles away," 1 July 2018 The National Weather Service issued an ashfall advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Friday. James Rogers, Fox News, "Hawaii volcano's 'explosive' eruption sends ash plume soaring, prompts warning," 17 May 2018 Ash is also a great conductor of electricity, so regions prone to ashfall may see occasional static discharges much as folks in dry climates do in the wintertime. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Fine, glass tendrils — Pele’s hair — are flying around Big Island after explosive eruption," 11 June 2018 Serious health problems aren't common, but some people may have trouble breathing during severe ashfall, especially those with existing conditions like asthma. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Volcanic ashes. Acid rain. And now massive boulders? All the calamities Hawaii is facing," 10 May 2018 Smog from Kilauea drifted north up the island chain as the districts of Kau, Puna, and North and South Hilo were told by the National Weather Service to expect ashfall. Author: Terray Sylvester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions," 17 May 2018

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1886, in the meaning defined above

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