Odor overpowers College of the Canyons campus

by Christian Judy, Staff Writer 687 views0

An unpleasant sulfuric odor covered the College of the Canyons campus Monday morning.

The Air Quality Management District said the smell originated from the Salton Sea. Winds have carried the musk from the Imperial Valley to the Santa Clarita Valley. A rise in plankton growth has caused a chemical called selenium to form underneath the surface of the Salton Sea. It is believed that recent earthquakes have shaken this chemical loose and caused it to rise creating a foul odor.

The Los Angeles Fire Department was unable to determine the source of the odor or a hazard related to the smell.

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