Toxic dust from the Cukbre Vieja volcano in La Palma reached the neighboring Canary Islands on Saturday. “However, the likelihood of so-called ‘acid rain’ occurring in Spain and the rest of Europe is low,” the Government Security Center said on Twitter. As added, the situation is monitored on an ongoing basis by the Institute of Meteorology and Water Management.
“Toxic dust has soared into the sky as a result of a volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma. The likelihood of so-called” acid rain “occurring in Spain and the rest of Europe is low,” the Government Security Center reads on Twitter. As added, “The Institute of Meteorology and Water Management predicts that the air circulation is not directed towards Central Europe. The Institute is constantly monitoring the situation and will inform about the possible arrival of pollutants to Poland”.
The Polish Air Navigation Services Agency informs that the current situation has no impact on the aviation situation in Poland.
Acid rain is atmospheric precipitation with a pH of less than 5.6. It is formed when substances such as sulfur, nitrogen and carbon oxides are released into the atmosphere along with fumes or, for example, exhaust fumes. Acids are produced in clouds by combining these gases with water vapor.
Ash in the neighboring Canary Islands
The ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma arrived on Saturday on the neighboring islands in the Canary Islands archipelago belonging to Spain. Due to risks to travel in the region, airports on La Gomera and Tenerife have been temporarily closed.
Main photo source: PAP / EPA / Miguel Calero