Story: Geothermal energy

In case of poisoning

In case of poisoning

Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is highly toxic, and in geothermal regions there is always a risk of poisoning, especially if concentrations build up in confined spaces. In 1965 the Bay of Plenty telephone directory listed a number to call for Rotorua residents in case of suspected poisoning.

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Reference: Bay of Plenty telephone directory (1965), inside front cover

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Carol Stewart, 'Geothermal energy - Effects on the environment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Carol Stewart, published 12 Jun 2006