Not Only Dust From The Sahara but Also Volcanic Ash From Soufriere Hill
Puerto Rico's sky is congested with a gray sight!
In some areas of Puerto Rico, vehicles parked have a thin layer of ash that forces us to wash them frequently, which gets worse with the imminent arrival of African haze particles. But it is not only about the cars, it is all over the environment, also getting into our houses.
The Caribbean is characterized by having a large number of islands, unknown to most people; but undoubtedly, The Montserrat island has something in common with our country.
Located southeast of Puerto Rico, this British colony named by Christopher Columbus himself, has one of the most active volcanoes in the world; it is the Soufriere Hill, which began erupting in 1995 and has more than half it's territory in the exclusion. The only people that can enter that area are military and scientists.
The Monserrat Island provides safe areas around the island for visitors to witness the admirable activity of the volcano, Soufriere Hill.
Distance between Puerto Rico and Monserrat
Puerto Rico Vs. Soufriere Hill volcano
Many Puerto Ricans are suffering from respiratory problems due to the volcanic ash remaining in the air by the eruption of the Soufriere Hill volcano on the island of Montserrat.
The authorities advise patients with asthma or respiratory problems to stay in their homes because both: the volcanic debris (A mixture of water-saturated rock debris that flows downslope under the force of gravity) and the so-called Saharan dust could aggravate their conditions.
The Department of Health of Puerto Rico has said that volcanic ash, high sulfur, and dust; could also affect healthy people causing allergic reactions such as: dry cough, burning or itchy eyes, runny nose and short, quick breaths. Other people may experience effects like skin manifestations.
Not only these ashes and dust affect citizens health, but it has forced airlines to cancel flights, preventing any kind of accident.
I invite you to read the hub titled: The Sahara Desert Hits Puerto Rico by Froggy213.
Nature will find it's own natural way to flow as a river looking for it's channel. The video below shows the marvelous, active volcano named Soufriere Hill on the Monserrat Island.
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill