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Volcanic Ash Causes Air Pollution in Iceland’s Capital

There was significant air pollution in Reykjavík yesterday evening, peaking at 268.4 micrograms per cubic meter in Laugardalur at 9 pm. At the same time a football game between local club Fram and Selfoss was played at the Laugardalur stadium.


The ash fall during the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Photo by Bjarni Brynjólfsson.

On the website of the City of Reykjavík it is stated that if air pollution reaches a higher concentration than 150 micrograms per cubic meter, those who have respiratory problems might feel discomfort, Morgunblaðið reports.

“These are volcanic matters and other particles from the soil from the highlands and glaciers. They originate in the volcanic eruptions in Grímsvötn and Eyjafjallajökull,” explained meteorologist Þorsteinn V. Jónsson at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

However, with rainfall last night and today, he didn’t expect continued air pollution because of the volcanic ash.

Click here and here to read about south Iceland inhabitants still suffering the consequences of the two volcanic eruptions in 2010 and 2011.


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