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Big Island residents coping with vog is topic of international study

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A British researcher wants to know how Big Island residents are dealing with the vog.

Dr. Claire Horwell, with The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network wants to know if residents -- living downwind from Kilauea volcano -- follow the common advice to protect themselves from the toxic fumes or if they have alternative methods.

The common warnings include avoid outdoor activities, drink lots of water, and use an air conditioner.

"What I've been trying to understand is if this is what the communities actually do or whether they have other ways of coping and it turns out so far, people have a number of ways of coping, both the advice and what they've come up with themselves," says Horwell.

She is in Hawaii for three months to conduct focus groups and surveys. After that she'll return to the United Kingdom and begin analyzing the data. By next year she hopes to have results.

Horwell will be at the Volcano Community Farmers Market this Sunday if you'd like to participate in the survey.

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