Thursday, October 28

The air quality of La Palma will “get worse” in the next few hours and the ashes may affect the airport

The spokesperson for the Scientific Committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (PEVOLCA) and director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, warned this Wednesday, October 6, that the air quality in La Palma will worsen in the next hours before the change of wind direction. The expert explained in her appearance that the ash column has reached 3,000 meters the previous day and that the gusts in the northeast direction can lead the remains of the volcano towards Santa Cruz de La Palma, so the airport could be affected.

Also the director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, made special emphasis on this point. “We have had very good air quality in the last two days, but this will be made worse by the amount of suspended particles, smaller than 10 microns, and the change in wind direction. In fact, it is possible that it will affect other municipalities that have been ash-free in recent days, “he declared. He also reminded the neighbors to wear a FFP2 mask, glasses and clothing that covers the skin, in addition to respecting the exclusion zones.

In the last 24 hours, scientists have detected 5,840 tons of sulfur ejected from the marine plume, while more than a thousand tons of SO2 have been recorded in the eruptive mouth. Despite everything, these polluting gases still do not represent a high risk for the population.

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