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Gases from Holuhraun should not threaten wildlife in East Iceland, says expert

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  • Safe from harm. Sulphur dioxide gases emitted from the Holuhraun eruption will not harm wildlife in East Iceland, say specialists. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Scientists with the Nature Institute of East Iceland do not fear that sulphur dioxide gases emitted from the Holuhraun eruption will harm wildlife in the region.
In an interview with Fréttablaðið newspaper Skarphéðinn Þórisson, a specialist with the institute, said that high levels of the gas can cause temporary breathing issues and eye irritation for animals, but should not be life threatening.

According to guide Sævar Guðjónsson some reindeer are thought to have avoided the gases by taking refuge on top of Grænafell mountain in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland.

Changing weather patterns have carried sulphur dioxide gases to both North and South Iceland and as far as Norway and Sweden.   

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