In a statement, the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) warned that a cloud of sulfur dioxide, originating from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, had reached the Iberian Peninsula.
The information was advanced by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) on Wednesday, based on forecasts from the model of the Copernicus program’s Atmospheric Monitoring Service, which indicate that “a sulfur dioxide intrusion (SO2) originating from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano will be progressing over the Iberian Peninsula”.
According to the IPMA, the intrusion of sulfur dioxide “will be occurring mainly above the 3000 meters altitude, thus not affecting the concentrations of this gas at the surface”.
The statement also states that if predicts this episode will last until at least Friday, October 15th. In this sense, IPMA ensures that it is “closely following the evolution of the situation”.
Currently, there are at least 595 hectares of area on the island of La Palma that have already been affected by the lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which increased after the northern flank collapsed on Saturday, providing more fluid flow.
As one of the lava flows heads towards the sea, on Monday the other caused the combustion of hydrocarbons passing through a cement plant, which forced the confinement of about 3500 people.
Over the course of yesterday, new currents emerged that forced about 800 inhabitants to abandon their homes.
This is the last evacuation ordered by the authorities since the eruption of the La Palma volcano on 19 September. thus raising the total number of homeless to about 6,800.