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Smelling Rotten Eggs In The Inland Empire? We Have The Answer

The Salton Sea at Bombay Beach last March. (Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images)
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If you're a resident of the Coachella Valley and something smells like rotten eggs today, just look to the Salton Sea.

Elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide there have led the South Coast AQMD to issue an odor advisory.

Such spikes are relatively common (so common, it's actively monitored). The odor is the result of a natural process in the water.

And while the odors can cause headaches and nausea, there are no long-term health risks associated with those symptoms.

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If you're intrigued by the Salton Sea, we have a cool video for you to watch on its history. Tom Explores Los Angeles, which examines many forgotten pieces of L.A. history, did a YouTube segment on the Salton Sea's history in 2015. One key update since then, a deal was reached last year on long-stalled mitigation for the danger posed by letting the sea dry out.


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