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Volcanic Air Pollution - A Hazard in Hawai'i

Fact Sheet 169-97

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Abstract

Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other pollutants emitted from Kilauea 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 Kilauea and working with health professionals and local officials to better understand volcanic air pollution and to enhance public awareness of this hazard.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Volcanic Air Pollution - A Hazard in Hawai'i
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
169-97
Edition:
Online Version 1.1, Revised Jun 2000
Year Published:
1997
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
2 p.