Unhealthy conditions are caused by Canadian wildfire smoke from Montana to Ohio
Chicago — Due to smoke from Canadian wildfires coming in, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued air quality alerts for a number of states, ranging from Montana to Ohio, on Sunday.
The Great Lakes, Midwest, and Northern High Plains are all under air quality alerts, according to the National Weather Service. “This is because there is still a heavy concentration of smoke from Canadian wildfires over these areas. Although the amount of smoke in the air should start to decrease by Monday, there is still enough smoke to support unhealthy air quality that is hazardous for vulnerable groups in some of these regions through the beginning of the next week.
Chicago’s air quality was classified as “unhealthy” as of 9 a.m. CDT on Sunday by the U.S. EPA’s AirNow air quality page. State environmental regulators in Michigan also stated that the air “is unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
People in the state of Michigan are urged to routinely check the Air Quality Index to determine if they should engage in outdoor activities by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Asthmatics, the elderly, pregnant women, people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, heart conditions, and people with COVID-19 should avoid being outdoors as much as possible, according to the Indianapolis Office of Sustainability’s Knozone Action Day for Sunday. Sensitive groups should stay inside on Sunday and avoid degrading activities.
air quality indoors, including candle burning and vacuuming.
Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, stated on Sunday that bad air from the Canadian wildfires was anticipated to return Monday, mostly in the state’s northern and western regions. She claimed that, compared to the typical range of 0 to 50, the air quality index in particular places was predicted to be 100 to 150. Her remarks were made during a press briefing regarding flooding and severe rain.
“If you start looking up tomorrow, you’re going to see a similar situation to what we had a couple of weeks ago because of the air quality degradation caused by the wildfires in Canada,” she added. “As if the rain coming out of the sky isn’t enough.”
Local emergency officials advised against the unauthorized reoccupation of dangerous places, KTUU reported.
KTUU claimed that small variations in sea level were still possible.
Alaska experiences thousands of earthquakes a year, most of which are too small and deep to be felt. The second-largest earthquake ever recorded occurred in Alaska, which has the highest seismic activity in the United States, according to the Alaska Earthquake Centre. South-central Alaska was seriously devastated by a 9.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Prince William Sound in 1964.
The late-Saturday earthquake was in the same region as several others that have lately been over 7 magnitude, according to a tweet from the Centre.