Volcano: gas and dust over Madeira

“Volcano fog” visits Madeira

Windy map of gas and dust from the La Palma volcano

The Diario reports that this week the Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA acknowledged that a cloud of sulphur dioxide (SO2) “originating from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano” had been heading for the Iberian Peninsula last week according to data from European Copernicus Observatory and NASA, The Windy portal, clearly showed Madeira under the influence of both a volcanic cloud and desert dust, giving rise to a mixture of eastern weather with “volcano fog”.

IPMA advise that the climate in the archipelago should not be harmful to health. In the case of desert dust, it is a scenario that Madeira is used to, with desert dust regularly visiting the archipelago from North Africa.

As predicted by the national meteorology authority for this past week’s event, it is a very tall cloud, having said that “this intrusion will be occurring mainly above 3,000 metres, not affecting by this the concentrations of this gas at the surface. This episode was originally expected to last until at least Friday the 15th.

In the case of Madeira, the impact was more pronounced on Friday than yesterday.

Good article in the Sunday Times today on when the Cumbre Vieja volcano will stop erupting, which it has beensince since September 19. A second 4.5 magnitude earthquake in two days rattled the Spanish island of La Palma on Friday, officials said, as scientists described a gushing river of molten rock from an erupting volcano as “a true lava tsunami.”

There is an impressive live YouTube channel covering the eruption of the volcano in La Palma:

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6 thoughts on “Volcano: gas and dust over Madeira”

  1. This is awful but it could be worse in Japan there are 80 ‘dormant volcanoes’ at any time one of them is doing this and one is constantly belching gas and dust 24/7 /365. The locals are used to it, every one, including school children, wears hard hats all the time. First thing children do when going to school, is to get the brooms and shovels out and sweep up last nights dust !!

  2. I forgot, the north african desert dust sometimes, blows this way and we get a fine dust on everything in Southern England. Not to worry the next rain gets rid of it.


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