|October 26, 2021|
Salton Sea odors become nauseating
MECCA – (INT) - Nauseating odors emaninating from the Salton Sea are leaving some people nauseated.
An odor advisory from the Air Quality Management District for the Lower Coachella Valley was initiated last week and has been almost continuous.
Hydrogen sulfide smells like rotten eggs and is associated with natural processes occurring in the Salton Sea.
Concentrations of the gas exceeded state standards in the community of Mecca and another at the north end of the Salton Sea in Riverside County.
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) levels have reached 130 parts per billion, four-times the state standard.
Most people can smell the odor and some may experience symptoms such as headaches and nausea. However, the symptoms associated with a low level of exposure are temporary and do not cause any long-term health effects.
Story Date: September 14, 2015