La Palma Volcano's Ash Cloud Prompts Air-Quality Warning

A plume of ash and sulfur dioxide spewed from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, footage posted by the Institute of Natural Products and Agrobiology (IPNA) on November 1 showed.

The IPNA said the ash cloud from the volcano’s eruption was having a “severe impact” on local air quality and warned residents to protect themselves with face masks.

As of November 1, lava had claimed some 977 hectares on the island, according to the European Union’s Copernicus satellite program. Analyzing imagery, scientists with Copernicus determined that 2,574 buildings on La Palma have been destroyed since eruptions began on September 19. Credit: IPNA-CSIC via Storyful

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