Cumber Vega: highly toxic gases emitted by the volcano expected to reach other countries
an eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in La Palma, Spain
This is expected to affect even countries on the African continent, after the volcano emitted large amounts of sulfur dioxide, a highly toxic gas.
The chemical compound is expected to reach part of the Iberian Peninsula, consisting of Portugal and Spain and almost the entire length of Morocco and Tunisia, and could reach the coasts of France, Italy, Algeria. and Libya, according to the Copernicus satellite system, operated by the European Union (HUH).
NS Colorless gas can irritate the respiratory tract on contact with the human body and even cause breathing difficulties.
. In some cases, it can also cause irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, coughing, and nausea.
Expectations indicate that sulfur dioxide will be present in the atmosphere next Friday (24), according to an image published in the official account of the observing system. Higher indices of the substance will be observed on the Moroccan Atlantic coast, the Spanish coast on the Mediterranean, southern Sardinia, northern Sicily and the Tunisian coast.
To a lesser extent, the complex will also be observed in half of Spain, southern France, the west coast of Italy, the French island of Corsica and the entire Mediterranean coast of Africa, as well as ‘inside Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. and Libya.
On Tuesday (21), the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) detected sulfur dioxide reaching peaks of 20 parts per billion, up to 400 times above “normal value” in this region, at a altitude of 2,371 meters, at the Center for Atmospheric Research Izaña in Tenerife. A spokesperson for the agency said, however, that the amount “does not pose a health risk” because it is “a specific measure” and because it is “within a good range. air quality”.
In addition to changes in the air, acid rain is also expected in the coming hours in the Canary Islands archipelago, where the island of La Palma is located, due to a volcanic eruption.
, the Spanish AEMET informed
Agency spokesman Ruben del Campo said he had “not yet ruled out” the possibility of acid rain in the north and east. the Canary Islands
, which are more mountainous regions.
This phenomenon must be due to the high concentration of sulfur dioxide emitted, which can produce sulfuric acid on contact with the atmosphere. However, these rains will be light and scattered.
– With information from the EFE. Agency