Monday, November 29

La Palma streams do not affect new areas and seismicity decreases

La Palma runoffs do not affect new areas and “it is relevant” that seismicity decreases. These are some of the news that the spokesperson for the Pevolca scientific committee, Carmen López, and the director of this emergency plan, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, announced this Saturday. Air quality is favorable except in Puntagorda and Los Llanos de Aridane, while the weather allows the airport to operate on this day.

The La Palma volcano enters a phase of “certain stability”

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Precisely, the poor air quality in the southern area of ​​the eruption means that access to the removal of belongings and the cleaning of roofs in that perimeter is kept closed and the population is urged to go out with a FFP2 mask and protective goggles.

The fact that seismicity has dropped, although both qualify it as relevant, calls for prudence since it still does not mean that the end of the eruption is near. In fact, even though seismicity is lower, it continues to occur in the same areas and at the same depths, with a magnitude of 4 points in the last of the earthquakes detected at 1.10 am at a depth of 11 kilometers.

López and Morcuende have highlighted that the volcano has “very common changes in intensity”, so that, for the moment, it cannot be ruled out that there are strong and intense earthquakes.

No variation in the affected surface

Of the evacuated people, they have reported that 465 are rehoused in hotels, 398 of them in Fuencaliente and 67 in Los Llanos de Aridane. In addition, there are 43 dependents in social health centers on the island.

Regarding the surface affected by the eruption and the maximum width between the extreme points of the streams this Saturday, no relevant variation was recorded. The perimeter of the affected area amounts to 56.23 kilometers.

The emission of sulfur dioxide reached 26,000 tons per day this Friday, while that of carbon dioxide is rising, reaching 1,900 tons per day on the same day.

During this day, a single direction of movement of light vehicles downhill from El Paso to Los Llanos de Aridane through the Cuesta de Hermosilla and up the LP-2 and LP-3 is established. Heavy vehicles will always circulate on the LP-2 and LP-3.

Ash cleaning

The technical director of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), Rubén Fernández, pointed out this Saturday that the eruptive process was entering a phase of certain stability and pointed out that in the coming days the removal of ash and pyroclasts with heavy machinery will intensify.

At the press conference, Morcuende stressed that there is a “huge amount of tons” of ash, which is why municipalities and companies are working to clean up. Likewise, he assured that “soon” specific machines for urban areas will be incorporated that will collect it “by aspiration” and that will be taken to landfills. At the moment, there is no evidence of roof collapses due to the presence of ash.

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