Thursday, October 28

Confined new population centers on La Palma after worsening air quality


The direction of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Assistance for Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) has decided this Friday night to expand the confinement area to new population centers after the latest air quality measurements.

The four neighborhoods on the Tazacorte coast that had already been confined in the early morning from Sunday to Monday (San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa) are now added as a risk zone the space between the crossing of Camino Cruz Chica with the LP-2 highway continuing west until the junction with Nicolás Brito Pais, continuing this road to the ring road and through it to the Hoyas Hondas roundabout.

From this point on, this area also includes the entire area affected by the August fire up to the El Paso soccer field, including the area to the west of the LP-3 up to the Sombrero roundabout.

PEVOLCA has decided to update this containment measure as a precautionary measure due to the results of the latest air quality measurements. As reported by the direction of the plan at the press conference this Friday, the indicators in the Aridane Valley are within healthy and breathable limits, although it specified that in the area of ​​the eruption and in the areas near the emission center the air quality is worse. For this reason, from day one, an exclusion radius and a safety distance of 2.5 kilometers have been established.

Miguel Ángel Morcuende, director of Pevolca, also explained that there are certain variables in the air such as particles smaller than 10 microns that, in areas most affected by the eruption, will be higher. For this reason, he insisted that in these cases the recommendations established by the Canary Islands Health Service must be followed, both for protection and handling of ashes, to avoid problems. Morcuende recalled the use of FFP2 masks and protective glasses, among other measures.

Instructions to the population

The authorities remind the population of these population centers that they must keep the doors, windows and shutters closed.In addition, they advise confining themselves, if possible, to the innermost rooms, disconnect the ventilation and heating and interrupt any system that allows air to enter of the outside.

During this confinement period, it is recommended to seal, using adhesive tape, the door and window joints. The telephone cannot be used, since the free lines are required for the emergency services.

The emergency services urge the population to carry systems that allow them to communicate or receive information (radio, telephone …). Also, they remember that a vehicle is not a safe place.



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