Photo: Canary Islands Volcanological Institute / Courtesy
After a day of relative truce, the lava flows emerging from the volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, which has erupted since last September 19, have recovered their pulse, and while one of them threatens to cross the center of a neighborhood already evicted, another is barely 100 meters from the sea.
The technical director of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, pointed out this Tuesday that In the next 24 hours it will be known which directions these coladas take, and warned that based on this there will be “Greater or less damage”.
At the moment there are no new evacuations planned. What is expected is the confinement in their homes of all the residents of the municipality of Tazacorte (4,600 inhabitants) in the event that the wash that advances towards the sea finally reaches it and begins to form a new lava delta like the one that emerged in the first days of the eruption.
The meeting of magma and ocean waters can lead to explosions and the emission of toxic gases, so that the confinement measure would be maintained until it is verified that there is no danger to the population.
Scientists insisted today that there is no data to suggest that the eruptive process is coming to an end.
“We are far away,” stressed the director of the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN) in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, despite the fact that the sulfur dioxide emission rate measured yesterday Monday was 9,938 tons.
Although it is a somewhat lower figure than in previous days, I would have to go down to between 100 and 500 tons per day to think of a possible ending.
As for the lower emission of ash and explosiveness from the volcano in recent hours, Blanco recalled that on September 27 there was “a total stop” of the tremor and the signs observable on the surface, “and it did not mean anything.”
“It can be something ephemeral and then return to the previous activity“, Has pointed out the director of the IGN in the Canary Islands.
However the eruption evolves, the regional president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, assured today that “no one will have to leave the island they love because a volcano appears”, as he stressed that La Palma has suffered different eruptions throughout its history “and has fallen and has risen again.”
The Canary Islands are made up of volcanic islands and La Palma, in particular, has lived with seismic movements and eruptions throughout its history, with documented records from the 14th century and, only in the last 80 years, three eruptive processes.
As reported today by the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands, the current volcano is the most damaging among historical eruptions occurred on that island.
This Tuesday, the Binter company once again operated flights to or from La Palma airport, although the forecast is that the advance of the ash cloud from the volcano could compromise operations until the first half of Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Pevolca steering committee has authorized the attempted rescue with drones of isolated dogs in ponds surrounded by lava, proposed by an animal association with technology from a company of this type of apparatus.
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