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Very High SO2 Pollution in Northeast Iceland

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Very High SO2 Pollution in Northeast Iceland

A graph showing the SO2 pollution levels at Lake Mývatn on October 1, 2014.

A graph showing the SO2 pollution levels at Lake Mývatn today.Photo: The Environment Agency of Iceland.

Very high sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun has been detected by Lake Mývatn in Northeast Iceland since late last night, with levels shooting up to as much as 6,000 μg/m3 at the Reykjahlíð school, measured by the Environment Agency of Iceland.

“Everyone may experience respiratory symptoms, especially individuals with underlying diseases,” the agency’s website, which is both in Icelandic and English, reads.

For those traveling in Iceland, it’s advisable to click on the different destinations on the map of Iceland on the agency’s website to observe the levels of SO2 pollution.

Today, Northeast Iceland from Bárðardalur in the west to Raufarhöfn in the east will be worst affected by the pollution. Out of inhabited places in North Iceland, Lake Mývatn lies closest to Holuhraun.

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