Monday, April 28, 2008

Voggy Drive

With the eruption of Kīlauea, one of the Big Island's volcanoes, southerly winds bring up the volcanic haze, we call vog, up north to O‘ahu. It wreaks havoc on those with respiratory ailments, or sinus allergies. On the Big Island, it's a health risk when the winds are calm and the sulfur dioxide levels are high.

I took this photo while driving home Friday afternoon, west-bound on the H1. You can see the haze shrouding the buildings in the background, which are less than a few miles away. This vog is unlike the smog in L.A., where one can see the the smog layer, but this vog was everywhere. One thing that the vog does ... it creates some really red sunsets.

The Honolulu Advertiser's article link about the current phase

1 comment:

Lori said...

Wow it really does create quite a haze. I guess you have to be careful when you are outdoors. It sounds very serious for some people.