Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rep. Herkes provides links for VOG IMPACT information

This list was compiled by the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Website includes Kîlauea eruption updates, information on volcanic hazards, and weekly Volcano Watch articles. Search the Volcano Watch archive for information about vog and volcanic gases.

Volcanic Air Pollution—A Hazard in Hawai`i Fact Sheet 169-97. Information about volcanic air pollution (vog) in Hawai`i.

Long-lasting Eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i Leads to Volcanic-Air Pollution Volcanic Hazards Program Website Information on vog—what it is and its impacts.

Volcanic Gases and Their Effects Volcanic Hazards Program Website General information on the types and effects of volcanic gases.

Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO)

Current SO2 Conditions – Kîlauea Summit National Park Service: Nature and Science – Explore Air Website Map showing location of gas plumes in HAVO and SO2 concentrations (ppb) at the Kîlauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum.

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) Advisory Program National Park Service: Nature and Science – Explore Air Website Overview of sulfur dioxide in HAVO and advisory levels, plus links to more information about volcanic gases, volcanic pollutions, and air quality in Hawai`i.

Air Quality Information National Park Service: Nature and Science – Explore Air Website General information about air quality in HAVO.

State of Hawai`i—Department of Health (DOH)

Precautionary Measures for Elevated Sulfur Dioxide Levels on the Big Island Web page on sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from Kîlauea Volcano, including links to Frequently Asked Questions about what SO2 is, how it affects health, and how exposure can be minimized and recommendations by the American Lung Association.

Online Air Quality Data Maps showing air quality conditions in the Hawaiian islands. Data collected by DOH real-time air quality monitoring network

Clean Air Branch Website includes link to “Public Notification: Air Pollutant Exceedence on Big Island.”

Hawai`i County Civil Defense (HCCD)

Kîlauea Eruption Update Website includes link to the “Emissions from Kîlauea Volcano” brochure, but primarily provides information on Kîlauea’s current eruption and frequently asked questions about lava flows.

American Lung Association of Hawai`i

(ALA-H) Website provides information about vog—what it is and what to do about it—and air quality in Hawai`i. Links to other relevant sites.

Partnership of USGS, HAVO, DOH, HCCD, and ALA-H

Emissions from Kîlauea Volcano Brochure provides information on sulfur dioxide emissions, vog, ash fall, protective health measures, and relevant contacts.

U.S. Environment Protection Agency Website

SO2 - How Sulfur Dioxide Affects the Way We Live & Breathe Web page about SO2—what it is, where it comes from, causes for concern, health and environmental impacts, and EPA’s effort to reduce it.

International Volcanic Health Hazard Network

Members of IVHHN work in diverse scientific disciplines such as volcanology, epidemiology, toxicology, public health and physical chemistry with a common aim of trying to determine the health effects of volcanic emissions.

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