- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MECCA, Calif. (AP) - Southern California air quality authorities have issued an odor advisory for the Coachella Valley due to elevated levels of a gas that smells like rotten eggs.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District says the hydrogen sulfide gas comes from natural processes occurring in the huge desert lake about 140 miles east of Los Angeles.

The agency says elevated levels of the gas were measured Wednesday morning and the Coachella Valley could experience the odor if southeasterly winds continue.

People may experience headaches, nausea and respiratory or nasal irritation.

The air district monitors hydrogen sulfide at two locations in the southeastern Coachella Valley, including in the community of Mecca.



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