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Low Air Quality Attributed to Sand

Air quality in the capital region has been poor due to the concentration of sand particulates from South Iceland, announced the City of Reykjavík yesterday.

According to the Meteorological Office of Iceland, the source of the sand particulates is a sandstorm on the South Coast, from high winds in the last days.

Those with respiratory sensitivities and small children are asked to avoid unnecessary outdoor activities if they feel any difficulty breathing or other discomfort.

At 12.00 yesterday, August 29, the particulate concentration at Grensásvegur was measured at 121 micrograms per cubic meter, and 272 micrograms at Háaleitisbraut. Guidelines for 24-hour health protection limits recommend PM10 (denoting particulates with diameters of 10 micrometers) concentrations no higher than 50 micrograms per cubic meter.

Those wanting to monitor the air quality in real-time can do so through the Environmental Agency of Iceland.

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