The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, will have some consequences as far as the Grand Duchy in the following hours. Minimal, limited consequences, but still. The natural phenomenon which shakes the Spanish archipelago in the great of Africa produces significant emissions of sulfur dioxide which move towards Europe.
The European Copernicus Observation Program (CAMS) has been monitoring the movements of this disturbing component in the air for several days. The gases released by the eruption have already gone up from La Palma to the Maghreb, Spain and France on Friday. Luxembourg should be “affected” from Saturday afternoon and in the evening according to the forecasts and radars of Copernicus.
– François Beaudonnet (@beaudonnet) September 19, 2021
“Higher concentrations but not significant”
“You see that the model simulates a higher sulfur dioxide concentration at altitude above Luxembourg on Saturday afternoon and evening”, confirms MeteoLux for The essential, preferring to avoid the designation of “sulfur dioxide cloud”. Because these ground concentrations will be higher but “not significant” and without dissipating quickly enough on our health.
Nevertheless, the Institute of Geological Studies of the United States (USGS) recalls that “these gases are all dangerous for people (skin irritation and respiratory discomfort, Editor’s note), animals, agriculture”, but it is is to be put into perspective according to the concentration of the components.
In the Canaries, residents are advised to cover their nose and mouth.
In addition to the lava flow, the #volcano releases a large amount of SO2 into the atmosphere.
– Copernicus EU (@CopernicusEU) September 22, 2021
(The essential / Nicolas Chauty)
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