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AEMET, Spain's State Meteorological Agency, has announced that the gases from the volcanic eruption on La Palma will be directed today, September 24th, towards the islands of El Hierro and de La Gomera and parts of Tenerife.
According to AEMET, at the moment the winds continue to blow from the northeast at an altitude of 3,000 to 5,000 meters. The predominant wind direction will be southwest, blowing at a speed of about 40 or 50 kilometers per hour and turning northwest at 5,000 meters above sea level late on Friday.
So based on Aemet's forecasts, the volcano's emissions will get today to areas of El Hierro, La Gomera and Tenerife.
So far, Aemet's spokesperson insists that at the surface level, where the population lives and based to information from the Canary Islands Air Quality Control Network, "the air quality has not been altered by the volcanic eruption." This is also valid for the Peninsula, where it was not observed a significant change in air quality.
Therefore, the spokesman assures that "the occurrence of acid rain in the surroundings of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands is ruled out" and as for the prediction in the archipelago, it only foresees rainfall in the north and in the east of the more mountainous islands. In any case, it will be rain that comes from low-altitude clouds.
So based on the information available, at this time he can say that "it is very unlikely that an episode of acid rain will happen in the Canary Islands archipelago."
UPDATE - Saturday, September 25th