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Vog Poses Health Risks for Hawaiians
Vog Poses Health Risks for Hawaiians

Vog Poses Health Risks for Hawaiians

Vog Poses Health Risks for Hawaiians

The emissions from the Kilauea volcano in the Hawaiian Islands have been occurring since the early 80s, but the amount of volcanic smog (vog) has more than doubled since the latest eruptions. The Vog Measurement and Prediction Project is showing unhealthy levels of the gas in the district of Puna, KITV, a local news channel, reported. "For folks living in Puna if this keeps going for months and months it could cause long-term damage to people's lungs because it's acidic," said University of Hawaii professor Jennifer Griswold. "Imagine pouring acid on your hands, it would damage your skin. Imagine breathing that acid into your lungs." Griswold says people in that area should be wearing a mask that blocks out fine particulate matter known as PM 2.5. She also says it is a good idea to stay indoors.

 

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