Augh! It’s the Vog!

My good buddy Chris sent in this story on one of Hawaii’s worst air polluter: Kilauea volcano. Money quote:

Since it began erupting on Jan. 3, 1983, the volcano has been sending an average of 1,000 metric tons of sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere each day, according to the Hawaii chapter of the American Lung Association.

This is 6,000 times the amount emitted by a major industrial polluter on the mainland, making Kilauea the nation’s top producer of sulfur dioxide.

The sulfur dioxide from Kilauea reacts with other chemicals in the air to form a hazy, naturally occurring pollution known locally as “vog,” or volcanic smog. When the lava enters the ocean, concentrations of hydrochloric acid are also formed.

To be fair, it should be noted that this pollution isn’t nearly as bad as steel towns in Pennslyvania and areas with high traffic congestion on the mainland.

I’ve blogged about icky polluting volcanoes before.

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