Poor air quality and haze cause more confinements on La Palma

Cumbre Vieja breaks record for longest erupting volcano on La Palma. image: twitter @involcan

Poor air quality and haze cause more home confinements on La Palma

Scientists from Pevolca, the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands, have recommended that today, Monday, October 18, and tomorrow, Tuesday 19, residents of more municipalities on La Palma should stay indoors.

This is due to a drop in the air quality caused by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. Residents of the El Palo district are deemed most at risk, and have been asked by Pevolca to remain indoors. They are being told to avoid going outside, keep all windows closed, and where possible, to wear an FFP2 mask to cover their noses and mouths, for extra protection.

This advice was posted on the social network sites of the Security and Emergencies area of ​​the Government of the Canary Islands. It pointed out that in the face of “unfavorable weather conditions for air quality due to the intrusion of haze”, residents should stay indoors for today and tomorrow, between the hours of 2pm and 9pm.

On another note, three weeks after having to stop going to school, schoolchildren from various places in Los Llanos and El Paso have returned to school today. The authorities are of course aware that the catastrophe is not over yet, but life and learning, as long as there is no risk, must continue.

Many teachers and parents assured that returning to the routine, “will do them good, to be with their classmates and with their teachers, to feel wrapped up and disconnect for a few hours from the daily drama that they share at home with their families”.


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