posted on Sep, 12 2012 @ 02:36 PM
reply to post by Nyiah
If you compare the map above with the USGS
map (zoomed into southern California), the smell
seems to have stayed south of the San Anrdreas Fault. It was most likely trapped by the mountains.
It looks like the foul smell is officially from hydrogen sulfide
. (scroll down to the
The South Coast Air Quality Management District said it had taken samples from 10 locations in the Inland Empire, Coachella Valley and near the
Salton Sea. The samples showed a progression of hydrogen sulfide levels that were strongest near the sea.
The agency said the high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide were not enough to cause "irreversible harm to human health."
...but short-term harm?
I'm curious to learn the concentration levels collected. It would seem that they would have to be incredibly high near the source, to be detected 150
miles away, especially with the wind pushing it 50 mph, according to the linked article.
edit on 9/12/2012 by Olivine because: (no reason