Ash cloud could affect air traffic between La Palma, Tenerife and La Gomera on Wednesday

Published on September 28, 2021
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Although the volcanic eruption in La Palma is still continuing with its strombolian characteristics, currently it has a more effusive character compared to the previous days and the air traffic between La Palma, Tenerife and La Gomera could be affected by the ash cloud tomorrow.

This information was announced by the director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Island, María José Blanco. She explained that the eruptive process could still have episodes of increased and decreased activity, like it happened even yesterday when the volcanic eruption stopped for a few hours.

The current lava stream flows over the previous lava streams accumulated and it's now located about 2 km away from the coastline. 

The wind conditions could affect the airspace between Tenerife, La Palma and La Gomera

Regarding the meteorological conditions for the next 24 hours, the Aemet predicts that winds from the northeast will continue to blow below 1,000 meters with intensities of between 25 and 40 km / h, and they may be stronger on the southeast coast and on the northwest slope of La Palma. 

María José Blanco explained that due to the distribution of winds in height, a cloud of ash and sulfur dioxide (SO2) has been produced that moves towards the south and southeast of the Canary Islands archipelago.

As a consequence, it is possible that this could affect the air traffic between La Palma, La Gomera and the west of Tenerife. It also can't be ruled out that fine ash could get to  La Gomera, mainly, and the western part of Tenerife.

According to the Aemet prediction, rainfall is ruled out in the next 24 hours.

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