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A huge cloud of sulfur dioxide has reached the continent, according to the Copernicus Service

A huge cloud of sulfur dioxide has reached the continent, according to the Copernicus Service

The volcanic eruption that occurred on the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland on March 17 was the largest of the four eruptions recorded in the region during the past four months, which emitted large amounts of sulfur dioxide in addition to lava.

A state of emergency was declared in the area, and the Blue Lagoon and Svarstanji areas were evacuated. The eruption this time was not preceded by warning signs, such as earthquakes, and according to authorities' estimates, the lava covered an area of ​​5.85 square kilometers.

Sulfur dioxide released by the eruption had also been detected a few days earlier by satellite instruments of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). As CAMS Principal Investigator Mark Barrington said,

Previous explosions did not produce enough sulfur dioxide to appear in the system, but now it is very clear in the observations.

Volcanic eruptions and large amounts of sulfur compounds affect air quality and ozone concentration. The weather impacts resulting from volcanic eruptions in Iceland have not been significant so far, but experts consider it important to continue monitoring the development of the situation.

The smoke cloud left the United Kingdom and reached Scandinavia on Wednesday, then crossed the Baltic Sea and reached the Baltic states, Poland and northwestern Russia on Friday. Cloud Road On this interactive map It can also be followed.

(source: Copernicus. Images: Getty Images)

Europe | Sulfur dioxide | Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service | Volcanic eruption | Iceland

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