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High Levels of Sulfur Dioxide from Eruption in East Iceland

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High Levels of Sulfur Dioxide from Eruption in East Iceland

eruption sulfur dioxide pollution in East Iceland, September 10, 2014

The haze seen over the East Fjords this afternoon. The Iceland Review team is currently reporting from the region. Photo: Zoë Robert.

High levels of sulfur dioxide emitted from the Holuhraun eruption were detected in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland, at 2 pm today. At its peak, the pollution measured 2600μg/m3 but is on the decrease, the Environment Agency of Iceland reports.

Children and people with respiratory disorders are advised to stay indoors, close all windows and turn off ventilation systems. Healthy individuals are advised against physical exertion outdoors.

eruption sulfur dioxide pollution in East FjordsPhoto: Zoë Robert.

A bluish haze could also widely be detected in East Iceland over the weekend.

The pollution detectors in Reyðarfjörður were placed there because of the nearby aluminum smelter. As reported, one of the four pollution detectors in Reyðarfjörður will be moved to Egilsstaðir to monitor the air quality there.

The air quality is also being monitored in other locations.

Pollution levels in Reyðarfjörður on Saturday were the highest since records began in 1970.

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