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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-29-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-16-29-2016
Research article
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18 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 18 Jan 2016

PM10 measurements in urban settlements after lava fountain episodes at Mt. Etna, Italy: pilot test to assess volcanic ash hazard to human health

D. Andronico and P. Del Carlo

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The paper focuses on the potential health risks caused by the sub-10 micron fraction of volcanic ash (PM10) following explosive eruptions of Mt. Etna (Italy). We present the results of a study on the ash concentration in the air of urbanized areas after the 15 November 2011 lava fountain and the related tephra fallout, causing high levels of PM10 in the air. We conclude by hoping that due attention will be given to the impact of ash fallout on the Etnean territory in the future.
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