It's been two years since a new Big Island volcanic vent at Halema'uma'u Crater opened, doubling the amount of emissions sent into the air and changing the lives, and likely the health, of thousands who live in Pahala and other rural communities downwind from the volcano.
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WHAT'S HAPPENING ELSEWHERE
Vog smothering Big Isle
On a bench behind Pāhala Senior Center one recent morning, 87-year-old Taka Fukunaga and George Andrade, 72, were waiting out a bout of heavy vog in the shade — about the best you can do in this community where not even the senior center has air conditioning. More
Stiffer air quality standards sought
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to strengthen its air quality standards for sulfur dioxide — a change that reflects new concerns about the health effects of exposure to the gas.
Sulfur dioxide is one of the major components in volcanic emissions.
Haze not well studied
Volcanic eruptions around the world spew out thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide and other gases. Yet, there are few long-term studies that examine the effects of elevated sulfur dioxide levels on people who live near volcanoes, researchers say.
Like vog, future's up in air
PĀHALA — Kaiwi Perkins keeps her windows closed and her door shut but still the sulfur dioxide creeps in, making it so hard for her to breathe she's now on oxygen almost every day.