Sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and hydrogen fluoride (HF) are potential hazards to humans, animals, and agriculture. There are no regulations, fines, or enough planet advocates that can control these and other harmful gases like hydrogen chloride (HCI) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) from being released from the source in the video. A secondary gas, hydrochloric acid, can’t be controlled either, it can come from that same source. These gases can’t be controlled because their source is a volcanic eruptions.
An erupting volcano is a magnificent sight to see from a safe distance or from watching it on a video. Getting close to volcanoes could mean getting close to the harmful gases that the volcano releases.
Sulfur dioxide’s affect can very greatly depending on the extent of its release into the atmosphere. The odorless strong smelling gas can cause skin irritation, mucus membrane irritation, make breathing difficult, and can pollute the air. The heavy gas will settle and concentrate in depressed areas.
Carbon dioxide usually isn’t concentrated enough to cause a threat to people and animals. It is a colorless and odorless gas that is heavy and will settle in depressed and low-lying areas where it may collect at levels high enough to cause harm. It can cause loss of breath, dizziness, headache, impair muscle coordination, convulsions, and even death.
Hydrogen fluoride is a pale yellow gas that can attach itself to the fine ash from the volcano and to blades of grass. Animals that eat the affected grass are poisoned. It can pollute streams and lakes. Fluoride in excess eventually kills because it destroys bones.
We may not be able to control a volcano’s eruption, but we can control if we are contributing to harmful gases being released into our atmosphere.
The video below shows a volcano erupting.