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Statement on health effects of Icelandic volcanic ash plume

15 April 2010

The Health Protection Agency is advising that the plume of volcanic ash currently trapped in the atmosphere above the United Kingdom is not a significant risk to public health because it is at high altitude.

The HPA will continue to monitor the plume's movement although is not expected to touch ground over the UK in the near future.
Even if the plume does drop towards the ground the concentrations of particles at ground level are not likely to cause significant effects on health.
Rainfall over the UK could cause a small amount of the ash to be deposited over the country but quantities are expected to be too small to cause health effects.

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Last reviewed: 15 April 2010