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Eruption Pollution in North and Northeast Iceland Today

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Eruption Pollution in North and Northeast Iceland Today

sulfur dioxide pollution from Holuhraun, September 24, 2014

Photo: Icelandic Met Office.

The Icelandic Met Office’s forecast for today indicates that the sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution the Holuhraun eruption will spread to a large area of North and Northeast Iceland, including the towns of Akureyri and Húsavík (see map of the affected area above).

People who feel discomfort are advised to stay indoors, close their windows, turn up the heat and turn off air conditioning if there is visible haze. Use periods of good air quality to ventilate the house.

If you are outside, breathe through your nose as much as possible. Individuals with respiratory and/or heart diseases are strongly advised to have their medication with them.

Measurements of air quality can be found on the webpage loftgaedi.is. The Icelandic Met Office issues forecast on its webpage and warnings if conditions change to the worse.

Information on the SO2 pollution is now also available in English on the website of the Environment Agency of Iceland (see the tab to the right, Info and FAQ).

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