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All Islands Health Talk Vog and Health Risks

Vog and Health Risks
Big Island VOG - as it travels through Honolulu

Reduced air quality, decreased visibility, increased reports of domestic violence. Asthma attacks; Beware of Vog on the Big Island. Vog is volcanic air pollution and varies with volcanic activity and wind direction.

Vog can have a big impact on people who are sensitive to it. Itchiness, short tempers, bronchitis, allergies, headaches, a prickly sensation or general malaise and low energy are all possible indications of a reaction to Vog.

Visitors may not even notice vog, but if you plan to visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you will experience it while driving through the park.

Individual physiologies react to Vog. Be attentive to elderly children and people with a history of asthma. Pay attention to symptoms your body exhibits and take steps to minimize VOG if you are highly affected. VOG is monitored by the health department, and a RELATIVE VOG INDEX can be reached by dialing: (808) 885-7143.

The Hawaii Department of Health monitors air quality on all islands. Here is a good web site for daily updates on Sulfer Dioxide and Hydrogen Sulfide ambient air quality.

DOH: Find the Current Vog Conditions on Big Island of Hawaii

If you are considering a move to the Big Island, be aware of the VOG conditions which exist on the island. The area from Kailua-Kona to Oceanview are the most heavily affected. Areas from Volcano Village to Hilo can also experience high levels of VOG.

VOG worsens with altitude - sea level being better than higher altitudes - up to the 6000 ft. level. Above 6000 ft. VOG begins to diminish rapidly.

 

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