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Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

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Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

Storm in Reykjavík

A storm in Reykjavík in September. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.

The affected area includes the central highlands, West and Southwest Iceland from the southern Snæfellsnes peninsula in the north to southern Reykjanes peninsula in the south and the capital area.

Yesterday, considerable eruption pollution was reported in North Iceland, including in the towns of Sauðárkrókur and Dalvík where the SO2 level ranged from 1,000 to 2,500 mµ/m3. At levels above 2,000 mµ/m3, people are advised to stay inside.

Forecasts are available on vedur.is and pollution updates and advice on airquality.is.

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