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Volcanic Ash Over Britain

Updated on March 23, 2011
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The health risk of volcanic ash

Volcanic ash may trigger intense respiratory disease and has the capability of causing chronic diseases, for example lung cancer. However, deciding what this danger might be is tricky, as normal medical studies may take months to deduce whether the volcanic ash is toxic or not.

However, the ash cannot be harmful if particles are too large to enter the lung. Therefore, a quick way of determining how the volcanic ash will affect people, would seem to be to take a sample and measure the surface are by simple and standard laboratory techniques.

For more information see Volcanic Ash. Effect Of The Icelandic Eruption On Health In Britain


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