The cloud caused by the eruption of the volcano in the Canaries flies over France, while a new “extreme” explosive phase begins

the essential The cloud, notably loaded with sulfur dioxide, has been flying over part of France since midday Friday, according to CNRS research director Patrick Allard. The consequences for the health of the inhabitants concerned are, however, almost nil. At the same time, the Spanish authorities announced that a new “extreme” explosive phase was starting this Friday for the volcano, which could cause significant damage within a radius of 3 km around the crater.

The large cloud loaded with sulfur dioxide following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, in the Canaries, reached the French coasts on Friday.

Carried by the winds which first made it touch the north-west of the African continent, it arrived on Corsica and the south-east of the country: “The cloud is flying over part of the south of France, Corsica in particular “, explained Patrick Allard, CNRS research director emeritus at the Institut de physique du globe de Paris (IPGP) and president of the international association of volcanology, consulted by our colleagues from Parisien .

VIDEO: Aerial views of the first three days of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

Lava from the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco, has destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced thousands to evacuate

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According to forecasts, this cloud should mainly fly over France in the south and east of the country, until its “dissolution” on Sunday.

Its sulfur dioxide load, although potentially irritating to the respiratory tract or to the eyes of those who experience it, is however unlikely to inconvenience the inhabitants, and even less to have consequences on their population. health. The density of the particles and the altitude at which the cloud moves make the risks to the population minimal.

New “extreme” explosive phase

Also this Friday afternoon, the emergency service of the Canary Islands warned the population that the volcano was entering a new “extreme” explosive phase. This new phase could cause glass breakage within a radius of 3 kilometers around the volcano, because of its intensity.

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