How to survive a volcanic eruption

NEW YORK (AP) You could have just watched as lava erupted on a volcano in New Zealand and watched it spew its way down a canyon, but you might want to prepare for something else.

A major eruption in New York City is expected to bring about as much as $40 billion worth of damage to the city and the surrounding area, a major city official said Monday.

The city’s Bureau of Emergency Management and Public Protection says a major eruption of the Tongariro volcano could bring up to $40.8 billion worth in property damage, including homes and businesses, according to its website.

The agency says New York has suffered $18.3 billion worth since the 2011 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state.

New York has seen more than $10 billion in property destruction from three major eruptions in the past 50 years, the bureau says.

The bureau says the worst-case scenario could cause $100 billion in damages.

The bureau says its estimate is based on a scenario in which lava is spewing out of the volcano and eventually flows into the ocean.

New Yorkers were urged to remain indoors Monday, stay away from the area, and seek medical attention if they see symptoms of volcanic burns, swelling, or pain, the city said in a statement.

The New York National Guard says it has mobilized and is sending more than 10,000 troops to the area to help residents and to provide firefighting assistance.

The National Guard has been dispatched to New York since at least July 20.