Sulphur dioxide cloud from explosive St Vincent volcanic eruption far south of the Canaries

You’ll probably have heard of the recent explosive eruption of the La Soufrière volcano in St Vincent in the Caribbean, and reports and concerns about a “cloud of sulphur dioxide” that was coming across the Atlantic towards us. Well, there was a cloud, and it was of sulphur dioxide, and it did come across the Atlantic. But it hasn’t affected us because the area affected is far to the south. It can be seen clearly in the image Amet has issued of the cloud as of the early hours of this morning (our time), and it’s not affecting us but the Cape Verde islands. Even there, however, it is at very high level and not expected to pose any sort of public health issue.