Schools in five municipalities are closed due to air quality due to the La Palma volcano

The affected centers are in the municipalities of The Plains of Aridane, El Paso, Tazacorte, Tijarafe and Puntagorda. The first of this is that it has suffered during these days a greater onslaught of the volcanic sand from the eruption, which has caused the air quality to be declared “extremely unfavorable” on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco). The rest of the municipalities have also seen how the ash has accumulated on the roofs of their educational centers. The Tijarafe City Council even suspended all sports and cultural promotion activities.

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The situation in the valley’s atmosphere continued yesterday to be “very unfavorable” due to the high concentration of particles smaller than 10 microns, those related to sand. The forecasts for the next few days are for improvement thanks to the presence of the trade winds, which will send the material expelled by the volcano in a south and southwest direction, the latter zone of exclusion at which time only personnel from the emergency resources. For this reason, it is not recommended to carry out sports activities outdoors.

The technical director of the Canary Islands Government’s Special Civil Protection Plan for Volcanic Risk (Pevolca), Rubén Fernández, pointed out yesterday that during today’s session they will re-evaluate the air quality situation to decide if students return to face-to-face classes or if, instead, they continue with online lessons.


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