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Sulphur smell returns to Horizons Region

15 August 2012

Sulphur smell returns to Region

Sulphur is once again being smelt throughout the Horizons Region but Horizons emergency manager Shane Bayley says there is no need to be concerned.

“The sulphur we’re smelling today is the result of wind drift from the mountain. It is reminiscent of Rotorua but it is not a cause for concern,” Mr Bayley says.

“Our air quality monitoring sites in Taumarunui and Taihape are not showing any elevated presence of fine air particles. However, our team will be keeping an eye on the situation and will alert the public if this situation changes.”

Suphur smells have become common since the eruption of Mount Tongariro at 11.50pm Monday August 6 with many residents reporting the odour to Horizons’ customer services team.

Since this eruption seismic activity has remained low. The volcanic alert level remains at 2 - Minor eruptive activity, and GNS will continue to monitor the situation.

For more information please visit www.geonet.org.nz/volcano/activity/tongariro

ENDS

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