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Gases from San Vicente volcano creating hazy afternoons in Cancun, Riviera Maya

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The State Coordination for Civil Protection says that over the next few days, the Yucatan Peninsula, along with the coast of Quintana Roo, will experience hazy afternoons. The environmental agency notes that the haze is the result of the gases generated by an erupting volcano on the Island of San Vicente belonging to the Windward Islands (Lesser Antilles).

They say that the sulfur dioxide, which is a by-product of the eruption, began begin expelled April 16 after the volcano remained inactive for 40 years. Of the material being expelled from the volcano, sulfur dioxide is one, which when mixed with rainwater, chemically produces acid rain when it precipitates to the surface.

Civil Protection explained that the prevailing winds and air currents in the central portion of the Caribbean Sea will see the sulfur dioxide arrive in the north of Quintana Roo, the Yucatan Channel and the western portion of the island of Cuba.

The agency also says that the amounts arriving will not be significant and does not pose a danger to people.