3 million tourists on Italian island evacuated as ‘World War III level’ carbon dioxide levels spike

Residents of the Italian island of Vulcano, a long-time magnet for foreign tourists, have been evacuated from their homes as the level of carbon dioxide has approached 50 parts per million, a dangerous level for humans. Authorities in Venice and the Senigallia are carrying out tests to determine the cause, but have ruled out World War III level concerns. The residents were evacuated for the day to ensure that they were safe while the levels could be measured.

“As from today, the oxygen is still high, so all the measures are available,” one Vulcano resident told reporters. The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was said to be going to the island as a precaution.

Titano Puglia, a city in the Puglia region of Sicily, reported having twice the recommended level on Friday, and was still on Saturday with its levels at 22 parts per million of oxygen. Residents of Puglia island went on alert as the levels crept higher, but are now fine.

Three days earlier, residents of Rhodes had been affected as the gas levels rose to 31 parts per million, 12 times the recommended level. They, too, were evacuated, but since they were apparently not threatened by the gas levels they decided to return after testing the levels.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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