Air quality for citizens is good
SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Sep 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The technical director of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, has appealed to the palmists and public opinion to remain calm with the evolution of the Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma) because they are not facing phenomenon “more explosive” than a usual eruption in the Canary Islands.
“We are facing a fissure volcanic event of a strombolian nature, which means that the different emission centers that follow one another do so along a fissure, in this case in a northwest-southeast direction, in which a series of emission centers that can be turned off and new ones appear or even those already turned off reappear, “he said this Saturday during the press conference after the meeting of the Pevolca Steering Committee.
Morcuende insisted that it is a “typical” eruption of the archipelago and that, although during the day this Friday there was a significant increase in the energy of the eruption, “it follows the usual canons”, which does not exclude dangerousness, therefore which emphasized the need for extreme precautions.
For his part, he explained that in the afternoon / night of yesterday, on the northwest face of the crater, two emission centers were opened, which have merged into a single mouth, through which a new wash has been flowing and has been distributed above the previous wash, which ends in the Todoque neighborhood.
“This new casting – he continued – has been very fluid because it comes from more interior parts of the boiler and is at a higher temperature until it begins to cool on the surface and begins to slow down.”
At the moment, there is a lava emitting center that is above Montaña Rajada, being an emission that had been working for the first days and that stopped emitting. “It does not cause us concern but we are following it,” he said.
In addition, during the night there was a partial collapse of the cone of the volcano that, the expert pointed out, has not had a greater incidence, except that there was a somewhat more fluid pouring by allowing the lava to escape from more inland areas.
THE EVICTED YESTERDAY WILL CONTINUE LIKE THIS AT LEAST 24 HOURS
As for the 160 people evicted this Friday, the technical director observed that they will remain like this for at least the next 24 hours because despite the fact that yesterday’s increase in intensity decreased during the night, in the morning it rose again. “We will have to give ourselves 24 hours to assess whether they can be safe in their homes,” he added.
He also asked neighbors and professionals to move ashes to cover themselves with an FFP2 mask and goggles to prevent the material from causing problems in the eyes and lungs.
In this regard, he especially emphasized that air quality for citizens is good, recalling that air quality is constantly monitored and rejecting hoaxes such as the one that says there could be acid rain. “There is no possibility of acid rain,” he remarked.