Norwegians smell sulfur from Holuhraun

09.09.2014 - 19:23
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Smell of sulfur gas thought to be from the Holuhraun eruption, has been detected at the west coast of Norway, some 1300 kilometres away (807 miles) according to Norsk Radio, the public broadcaster in Norway. Sattellite photos have shown migration of gasses in that direction.

In a story published today on NRK´s website, meteorologist Vibeke Thynes says the most likely source of the smell is the eruption in Iceland; she says the sulfur gas is highly diluted and not at all dangerous to the public. 

Satellite photos show clearly that the gasplume from the Holuhraun has migrated towards Norway, says Bjorn Saevar Einarsson, a meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office; therefore the most likely explanation for the smell is the eruption, he says. 

According to status reports published by the Civil Protection Agency, the plume has in recent days reached a height of at least 6 kilometers. Sulfur pollution has been detected in urban areas in Eastern Iceland, and blue haze has been clearly visible there. 

The smell that Norwegians now find on the west coast of Norway is very famililar to Icelanders. They call it "Hveralykt", or "smell of geysers", of which there are numerous in Iceland. 

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This story, by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), was updated on 9 September 2014, at 19.20 GMT.

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