Residents of the Italian island of Vulcano have been evacuated due to concerns over elevated levels of carbon dioxide. Government officials said on Monday they were “close to overflowing” a blockage caused by an inflow of poisonous gas. They have put aside the village’s buildings in advance, but asked non-residents to avoid visiting. Due to the unstable situation, soldiers will be called in to keep the order in order.
This is not the first crisis to happen on the island in recent weeks. A month ago the village was evacuated after toxic gas made up the entire ground in the community. Though there are no reports of serious injuries, scores of locals have required emergency medical treatment, including resuscitation of those with gas-induced heart problems. Many are also suffering respiratory problems. Both evacuations occurred during a period of low sea levels and low winds, which make it hard for digging machines to access gas-filled wells. Meanwhile, gas experts have said that Vulcano is currently experiencing an algal bloom, and the shortage of oxygen may have resulted from the large number of storms that affected the island recently.
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