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Eruption Pollution Visible over Reykjavík

Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun could be seen in the capital area yesterday and this morning. The sunrise this morning was blood red and the gas plume could be seen clearly. Images can be viewed on

The plume is expected to remain in South and Southwest Iceland again today, including in low levels in Reykjavík. A map of the calculation of atmospheric concentrations of SO2 at ground level is available on the website of the Icelandic Met Office.

Yellow indicates low levels of pollution, red considerable and pink high.

A map on the website of the Reykjavík Public Health Authority shows the location of pollution sensors in the capital area and the quality of air at each given time.

Green means that the air quality is good, yellow that people suffering from asthma could experience discomfort and red that people who are sensitive should stay inside and others avoid physical activity outside.

In case of high levels, people who feel discomfort are advised to stay indoors, close their windows, turn up the heat and turn off air conditioning and use periods of good air quality to ventilate the house.

People experiencing adverse effects should be in immediate contact with their healthcare center.

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