La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted early Sunday afternoon and since then, the lava has been advancing towards the coast at a temperature of just over 1,000 degrees Celsius.
An image taken by the European Union satellite Copernicus has made it possible to calculate the area covered by lava until 7:50 p.m. on Monday, putting it at 103 hectares. The Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan), for its part, estimates that the volcano emits between 7,997 and 10,665 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) per day into the atmosphere.
Depending on the evolution of the wind in the coming days, it is expected that these emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) —an irritating and toxic gas, the main cause of acid rain, because in the atmosphere it can be transformed into sulfuric acid. to the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula throughout Wednesday and cover it completely next Friday.
In the simulation by Mark Parrington, senior researcher at the Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service, it is appreciated how the emissions thrown into the atmosphere by the volcanic eruption are going to move towards the interior of Africa in the coming days, moving through the north of Morocco to the Mediterranean until they end up covering practically all of the Spanish territory.
But the meteorologist Juan David Pérez, collaborator of ‘Hoy por Hoy Murcia’, has confirmed that these particles of sulfur dioxide they will reach the Peninsula “in a very diluted way”, so that, a priori, “we will not notice anything special”.
Pérez explained that “only in the surroundings of the volcano this cloud of sulfur and ash is harmful.” At such a distance and as it is not a large volcanic eruption compared to others worldwide, “it is not going to pose major problems.”