La Palma air quality worsens as ash emissions increase

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La Palma air quality worsens as ash emissions increase
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La Palma air quality worsens as ash emissions increase. Residents in some areas have been advised to reduce strenuous activities and limit prolonged outdoor activities.

Some schools on the western side of La Palma have had in-person classes cancelled as the air quality has reduced. On Tuesday, November 16, the Consejería de Educación del Gobierno de Canarias decided that schools in El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte and Puntagorda would have face-to-face classes cancelled. The children will receive online lessons instead.

The amount of ash being produced by the volcano has increased. This is set to mainly affect areas in the west and north of La Palma. Unfavourable conditions have been recorded on Tuesday morning. It is expected that this will carry on throughout the day due to the wind.

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Residents have been advised to reduce strenuous and/or prolonged outdoor activities. This warning is for the areas of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso, Tazacorte, Tijarafe and Puntagorda.

The volcano began erupting in September and so far over 1,000 hectares of land have been covered by lava according to the Cabildo de La Palma.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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