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Gas Pollution from Reykjanes Eruption Over Capital Area

The Icelandic Met Office reports that gas pollution from the ongoing eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula will affect much of Southwest Iceland today, including the capital region.

As wind patterns shift throughout the day and into tomorrow, the municipalities of Vogar and Reykjanesbær can also expect to be affected. A southeasterly wind is expected to pick up towards the evening, blowing the gas cloud northwest. The capital region can expect much of the pollution to dissipate towards evening and tomorrow morning.

The gas pollution consists of SO2 and SO4 gases from the eruption, which can be detrimental to health when exposure is prolonged.

The Icelandic Met Office is also petitioning local residents to report their local air quality, in order to help monitor the situation. Note that this petition is only for local residents, not visitors to the site. The site is not open to the public and travellers should avoid the site. The Environment Agency of Iceland currently lists several sites in Reykjavík as orange and red, which reflect conditions that are unhealthy for both the general population and especially for people more susceptible to health problems. Children, the elderly, and people with health conditions are advised against spending unnecessary time outdoors.

Travellers can monitor the air quality in the region live here.

Read more about tourist safety on the Reykjanes peninsula.

 

 

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