The wind pushes poisonous gases out to sea

Photographs from Playa Nueva, on the island’s west coast, confirmed a torrent of lava plunging into the ocean from the highest of a 100-meter cliff amid gigantic plumes of steam. The Spanish Institute of Oceanography indicated in a tweet, with supporting photos, that the lava was gaining floor on the ocean, its accumulation forming within the water a form of deposit, of pyramid, reaching about fifty meters of tall and nonetheless rising.

A very powerful threat, that of poisonous gases produced by the sudden contact between a lava at greater than 1,000 levels Celsius and sea water at a temperature of twenty-two or 23 levels, nonetheless appeared instantly eliminated due to the wind. Supplied after all that it doesn’t change route …

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“We have at this very moment a strong wind over the area which further dissipates (the gas clouds) towards the sea, therefore the risk is much lower” than what the specialists envisaged, advised nationwide radio Rubén Fernández, one of many individuals answerable for the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca).

“Difficulty breathing”

This assembly between lava and sea water was notably feared, as a result of it results in the manufacturing of poisonous gases and dangerous particles. “Inhalation or contact with acidic gases and liquids can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, and can cause difficulty in breathing,” warned the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology (Involcan).

To forestall this threat, the regional authorities of the archipelago has decreed a safety perimeter with a radius of three.5 km on land and two nautical miles at sea across the place the place the lava was anticipated to reach.

(The important / AFP)