SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Dec. 13 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Pevolca Directorate has declared the confinement of the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte because the air quality in these three areas is ‘extremely unfavorable’ as a consequence of the levels of sulfur dioxide (SO2) derived from the eruption of the La Palma volcano.
Likewise, it has been reported that due to the confinement situation the students must remain in the educational centers of the affected municipalities and the parents cannot come to pick them up until the declared situation ends.
Pevolca has taken these measures in application of its own Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands and by virtue of the powers established by the Directorate of this Plan.
Specifically, this Monday at 08.00 hours the level of 750 micrograms / m3 hourly sulfur dioxide was exceeded at the El Paso station, registering values of 1,522 micrograms / m3, so the air quality index is’ extremely unfavorable. ‘
From the Pevolca it is recommended that the population close the doors, windows, blinds and any air intake from outside. Confine yourself, if possible, to the innermost rooms.
Disconnect ventilation and heating. Any system that draws in air from outside must be shut down. For added security, it is possible to seal, using adhesive tape, the joints of doors and windows.
It is advisable not to use the telephone, as free lines are needed for emergency services. Also take with you systems that allow you to communicate or receive information (radio, telephone …).
If you are outside, keep in mind that a vehicle is not a safe place (confine yourself to the first building you find nearby) and if you are going on foot, take refuge in the first building you find. Do not move until instructions are given. Use the 1-1-2 phone for emergency situations.