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Norwegians Complain about Sulfur Dioxide from Eruption

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Norwegians Complain about Sulfur Dioxide from Eruption

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun eruption in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland

The pollution in Fáskrúðsfjörður, East Iceland, yesterday afternoon. Photo: Zoë Robert.

The smell of sulfur dioxide from the Holuhraun eruption has been detected on the west coast of Norway, according to public broadcaster NRK, ruv.is reports. The west coast of Norway is approximately 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) from Holuhraun.

Meteorologist Vibeke Thynes is quoted by NRK as saying that the source of the smell is likely the eruption but that the gas is highly diluted and therefore not of any danger to the public.

According to Björn Sævar Einarsson at the Icelandic Met Office, satellite photos show clearly that the gas plume has migrated towards Norway.

The plume has reached a height of approximately six kilometers.

As reported, high levels of sulfur dioxide pollution have been detected in East Iceland in recent days.

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