ABSTRACT

Volcanic Air Pollution-A Hazard in Hawai'i   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other pollutants emitted from Kïlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i react with oxygen and atmospheric moisture to produce volcanic smog (vog) and acid rain. Vog poses a health hazard by aggravating preexisting respiratory ailments, and acid rain damages crops and can leach lead into household water supplies. The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory is closely monitoring gas emissions from Kïlauea and working with health professionals and local officials to better understand volcanic air pollution and to enhance public awareness of this hazard."

Report Number:
FS-169-97
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Date:
2000-06
Copyright:
Public domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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