Monday, September 22, 2008

Oahu, Hawaii Copes with Unwelcome Visitor as VOG Continues to Compromise Air Quality

Vog, or volcanic smog, emanating from erupting Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii's Big Island has blanketed Oahu, 200 miles to the northwest.

Residents of Oahu are experiencing what those living on the Big Island have long complained of: itchy eyes, sore throat and even respiratory difficulty—- all as a result of vog.

A representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told the Hawaii County Local Emergency Planning Committee that there has been a vast increase in the amount of hazardous substance released from Kilauea volcano.

"We were surprised by the extent by which [the effects] could be felt," Janet Yocum, the EPA's onsite coordinator.

The Indoor Air Quality Experts at AllerAir have been hearing plenty from Hawaii residents. “We've established ourselves as the experts in carbon, and we have a proven proprietary blend of carbon designed specifically to adsorb sulfur dioxide gas(S02)which is what is being emitted from the Kilauea volcano,” said Gershon Katz, an IAQ Expert with AllerAir. “The feedback from Hawaii residents has been very positive.”

Residents of Hawaii are invited to call an AllerAir IAQ Expert at 888 852 8247 for more information of the AirMedic VOG air purifying unit and the dangers of vog exposure.

The increased amound of vog in the Hawaii area is due to a new vent that was created at Halemaumau crater. It spews thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide gas on a daily basis, which can cause breathing difficulties and respiratory illness. The gas can also aggravate heart disease.

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