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Hawaii Health Department launches new air quality website

May 3, 2019

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii State Department of Health has launched a new website that provides near real-time data on the air quality following last summer’s Kilauea eruption.

The launch was timed to coincide with National Air Quality Awareness Week, which lasts through Friday, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

The website is expected to serve as an online resource, particularly in the event of future volcanic eruptions.

“We listened to the concerns of residents, took action to improve our air quality monitoring system, and created a one-stop, user-friendly website. We’re much more volcano-ready than we have ever been,” said Health Director Bruce Anderson.

Data for the website is pulled from air quality monitoring stations at strategic locations throughout the state. Most are on Hawaii island.

The state upgraded and expanded its air quality monitoring system with more than $1.5 million in federal and state funds.

The data is updated continuously but normally displayed within one hour after collection.

People can access the data via an interactive air quality map.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com