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Volcanic air pollution hazards in Hawaii

April 20, 2017

Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other air pollutants emitted from Kīlauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai‘i react with oxygen, atmospheric moisture, and sunlight to produce volcanic smog (vog) and acid rain. Vog can negatively affect human health and agriculture, and acid rain can contaminate household water supplies by leaching metals from building and plumbing materials in rooftop rainwater-catchment systems. U.S. Geological Survey scientists, along with health professionals and local government officials are working together to better understand volcanic air pollution and to enhance public awareness of this hazard.

Publication Year 2017
Title Volcanic air pollution hazards in Hawaii
DOI 10.3133/fs20173017
Authors Tamar Elias, A. Jeff Sutton
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2017-3017
Index ID fs20173017
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Volcano Science Center