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High SO2 Pollution Levels in Southeast Iceland

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High SO2 Pollution Levels in Southeast Iceland

Pollution cloud from the Holuhraun eruption, October 13, 2014

Haze from the SO2 pollution in Reykjavík in mid-November. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun in Höfn, Southeast Iceland, has reached 1,340 mµ/m3 this morning. The pollution is expected to move to North and Northeast Iceland this afternoon.

At levels above 600 mµ/m3 individuals with underlying conditions are likely to experience respiratory symptoms and outdoor activity is advised against. While health effects are unlikely among healthy individuals, heavy outdoor activity is also advised against, according to the Directorate of Health.

Further information can be found in English on the website of the Directorate of Health.

Go to airquality.is to check the pollution levels in different locations in Iceland at any given time and to vedur.is for two-day pollution forecasts. Although still being developed further, an automatic gas dispersion forecast, including pollution levels, is also available.

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