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Definition of vog

: air pollution caused by volcanic emissions

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Scientists say higher sulfur dioxide emissions recorded at the volcano's vents in recent days are creating the potential for heavier than usual vog, or volcanic smog. NBC News, "Hawaii Volcano: First 'laze,' now 'vog?'," 29 May 2018 On top of lava, ash clouds and plumes of deadly laze (lava and haze), officials are also warning about vog, or volcanic smog. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Fast-moving Hawaii lava prompts evacuations, covers well on geothermal plant property," 28 May 2018 The vog's sulfuric acid droplets would fall, too -- thus, acid rain. Jason Hanna, CNN, "Volcanic ashes. Acid rain. And now massive boulders? All the calamities Hawaii is facing," 10 May 2018 At high concentrations, vog can cause headaches and irritation to the lungs and eyes, according to the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Hawaii residents scrambling for masks the government says won't help them," 13 May 2018 Experts expect heavier vog, or volcanic smog, to blanket the interior and southern parts of the Big Island, wrapping around to Kona through the weekend. CBS News, "Kilauea volcano eruption: Seismic activity increases, earthquakes strike 5 days in a row," 15 June 2018 The prevailing trade winds typically limit the spread of vog, which can affect those with sensitive respiratory systems. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "Eruptions in Hawaii: What you need to know before traveling to the islands," 17 May 2018 On Thursday and Friday, winds will be relatively calm, which increases the likelihood of vog. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Harmful acid rain in Hawaii? Probably not. The clouds of sulfur dioxide are much worse.," 10 May 2018 Vog is not a new issue, by the way: The entire state has experienced vog on and off since 2008. Beth J. Harpaz, sacbee, "Beach connoisseur: Maui has best one, Coronado’s is 9th," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of vog

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vog

volcanic + smog

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