Monday, December 6

Engraved an impressive column of smoke that rises “hundreds of meters” over the La Palma volcano

The Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) shared images on Thursday of a huge column of smoke and ash that rises hundreds of meters from the eruptive mouth. The impressive video was filmed by biologist Manuel Nogales.

La Laguna, a neighborhood in pieces that never expected to end up under the lava

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The Department of National Security (DSN) reports that the contribution of lava from Cumbre Vieja continues through the central area and to a lesser extent through the lava tubes towards the deltas, and since yesterday afternoon this new lava flow runs between the mountains of Todoque and the Lagoon.

Since Tuesday afternoon, a notable rebound in seismicity has been maintained at intermediate depths, in number and magnitude.

This past dawn the National Geographic Institute (IGN) has located 68 earthquakes in La Palma, one of them of magnitude 4.4, 34 kilometers deep, with a hypocenter in Fuencaliente and intensity III-IV on a scale of XII.

La Palma recorded more than 300 earthquakes on Wednesday, the highest number in its single day since the seismic crisis and subsequent eruption of the volcano began, which will be active for two months tomorrow. This rebound comes after a downward trend in several indicators of the volcano’s activity, including seismicity, has been observed for several days.

According to the experts, this rebound, together with the high emission of ash, which has caused the air quality to be at unfavorable levels, could be due to a readjustment or a feedback of the system.

The La Palma volcano has released into the atmosphere in two months of activity as much sulfur dioxide (SO2) as that emitted by human activity in the 28 countries of the European Union throughout 2019. This is the calculation that two have made of the scientific institutions that monitor the gases that the eruption expels into the atmosphere, the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute and the University of Manchester (United Kingdom), with special monitoring of SO2.

If the emission is compared with the same period of time, 59 days, the quantities of sulfur dioxide released by the Cumbre Vieja volcano are multiplied by seven those emitted by the entire European Union over two months.

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