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Vog & Kilauea Volcanic Emissions


Approximately 22 minutes

Course Description:

The course “Vog & Kilauea Volcanic Emissions” provides a brief overview of the components of vog, or volcanic smog, the health effects of vog, and how to protect against vog, with specific examples relating to Kilauea Volcano and the Big Island of Hawaii. Additional resources are also mentioned.

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Creation of the course was funded by FY 2008 Homeland Security Grant Program #2008-GE-T8-0022 via the Hawaii State Civil Defense.


This course fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Describe the principles of and demonstrate the ability to select appropriate personal protective equipment.
  2. List and describe the public health interventions that are part of a response to surveillance signals.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Define “vog.”
  2. Identify the major components of vog.
  3. Describe the main health issues associated with vog.
  4. Identify protective measures to prevent and protect against exposure to vog.

Target Audiences:

  1. Physicians
  2. Nurses
  3. Dentists
  4. Pharmacists
  5. Veterinarians
  6. First Responders
  7. Social Workers
  8. Emergency Medical Services Personnel
  9. Other Public Health personnel


Babara Brooks, PhD
Dr. Barbara Brooks is the State Toxicologist with the Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office, Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). She received her PhD in Toxicology from Cornell University and conducted postdoctoral work in molecular biology at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, England and the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the HDOH in 1997. Her current focus is to enhance the environmental public health tracking of diseases related to environmental exposures. She is currently supervising two integral projects related to environmental public health tracking including surveillance using the State’s Pesticide and Heavy Metal Poisoning database and human biomonitoring for arsenic and mercury in hair.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.