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Not Only Dust From The Sahara but Also Volcanic Ash From Soufriere Hill

Updated on August 11, 2013

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


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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      shofarcall thanks so much for sharing your personal experience it has given life to this article. I hope your daughter will be always protected by God's mercy and also you my friend.

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Hi Maria, This was such an interesting hub for me as my daughter lives on Montserrat and I visited her in November 2011.

      It is such an interesting island with lovely, friendly people and I was blessed because they opened parts of the exclusion zone for day visits which no one had been to since the first eruption in 1995. O course, I went and it was surreal. To see abandoned homes, very luxurious, with trees now growing inside them and with the furniture still in them. It reminded me that it is better to store up our riches in heaven than here on earth. Peoples lives were changed in minutes.

      Entire suburbs abandoned. Trees growing through the roads etc. and the constant cloud hanging over the entire area. My daughter is just inside the safety zone, but they still have days when they get up to a film of dust over everything. But the folks who chose to stay and build up the other side of the island....great job they have done. Voted interesting and up. Oh, and it is the best clip I have seen of the volcano. God Bless

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Thanks scooterport, I bet you learned how to breath.

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      James Roberts 5 years ago from Summerville, Georgia

      Good hub! When I lived in Florida we used to get the Sahara dust all the time.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Froggy213 are you playing hide and seek.

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      Yours and only Yours 5 years ago

      Great hub. You are a great writer.