High values of sulfuric dioxide (SO2) in Höfn in Hornafjörður and the surrounding area
High values of sulfuric dioxide (SO2) are now measured in Höfn in Hornafjörður and the surrounding area, in the Eastfjords of Iceland. Measurements show that SO2 is between 9.000 and 21.000 micrograms per cubic meter. The Department of Civil Protection has sent out text messages to mobile phones in the area. Civil Protection urges the people in the area to stay indoors, follow notifications in the media and follow instructions from the Environmental Agency of Iceland and the Directorate of Health, which can be found on the Civil Protection web page. The link is here.
People with respiratory diseases are encouraged to take special care of themselves and to contact the health service if they feel any symptoms that can be traced to the gas pollution.
According to the Icelandic Met Office, high values of SO2 can be expected over the next 36 hours.