Leruption of the vulcano Cumbre Vieja which brought the island of La Palma, in the Canaries to its knees, not only produced a disaster, fortunately without victims, on the island, with about 6,000 people forced to evacuate from your home, 150 hectares of land and at least 320 buildings destroyed by lava. But he also released a huge cloud of sulfur dioxide which could also reach various regions of Italy.
Canary volcano, toxic cloud arriving in Italy
The alarm comes fromEuropean space agency thanks to the observation of the images detected by its Copernicus Sentinel 2 satellite network. El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife to the Balearic Islands, also for some regions of our country.
The regions at risk
According to what was reported by theIberian State Meteorological Agency (Aemet), the toxic cloud could then move further east, flying over North Africa and Eastern Europe. And coming in the atmosphere Friday 24th September e especially putting the Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.
Canary volcano, effects of sulfur dioxide
Fortunately, though, specified the European Space Agency (ESA), these gases, mainly from sulfur dioxide (SO2), or sulfur dioxide, which are routinely used as antioxidants and preservatives for various foods, do not seem to represent a problem for human health. Among the effects is that of being irritating for the eyes, mucous membranes and respiratory tract.
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But this type of phenomenon is quite common and in Italy it often happens with the eruptions of Etna. And in this case the distance between Italy and the Canary volcano makes the possibility of danger for us completely null.
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