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Kona air quality at risk - latest USGS warning

Posted by Dennis on Tuesday, 5 June 2018, at 4:35 p.m.
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Ironically, I woke yesterday and today to a blue sun-drenched sky (here at 2,240 feet above the coast). Alas, at 10 o'clock the clouds rolled over and the temperature dropped precipitously. I was surprised to read that on both days the Kona air quality had been declared "unhealthy". This afternoon, I read this:

Hawaii volcano update: Kona air quality at risk - latest USGS warning

Officials warned Hawaii residents living in Kona to expect “unhealthy” levels of air quality as ongoing eruptions from Kilauea’s summit and fissures pollute the atmosphere. Here are the latest warnings from United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Hawaiian government. USGS raised the Kilauea alert level to red on Tuesday meaning: “Eruption is imminent with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere likely.” The scientific agency warned of continuous “vigorous eruption of lava” from the East Rift Zones in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens area leading to vog in the west, including holiday paradise Kona.

Vog is a major health hazard as it carries acidic sulphuric dioxide, which causes the airways to narrow.

Hawaii's state Health Department earlier urged at-risk groups including children, the elderly and people with heart or lung diseases to “limit prolonged outdoor activities” to avoid the unhealthy gases.


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