Ten new air quality monitoring stations will be installed across the Hawaii Island as volcanic gases and ash continue to affect air quality.
The Department of Health is investing more than $1 million to install the long-term air quality monitoring stations. Their hope is to ensure responders, residents and visitors have accurate and up-to-date information on particulate and sulfur dioxide levels.
DOH’s goal is to make the data available over the coming months and years as the island adjusts to the geologic changes brought by the volcanic activity.
While sulfur dioxide emissions from Kilauea’s summit are on the decline, volcanic gas emissions are still high from the east rift zone. And geologists say there isn’t a clear end to be seen for the current phase of the eruption.
“We can’t do much about the volcano, but we can collect information on air quality at more sites around Hawaii Island,” said Health Director Dr. Bruce Anderson. “We need to provide up-to-date and accurate information to residents so they can make decisions to protect their health.”