Thursday, October 28

MAP | The lava already extends over 166 hectares and has destroyed 350 buildings

The lava thrown by the La Palma volcano already covers more than 166 hectares and has destroyed 350 buildings, according to the latest data from the European terrestrial observation system Copernicus, obtained on Wednesday afternoon. The measurements, made at 7:26 p.m., show how the lava had covered 14 hectares more than in the previous one, carried out 36 hours before, and had destroyed 30 more buildings than those recorded the previous day. The latest report from the Department of Homeland Security (DSN), issued at 08:00 this morning, slightly reduces that estimate to 150 hectares and 300 buildings destroyed

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The report of the Department of Homeland Security also confirms that the eruptive activity continues although the volcano has entered a zone of stability and the speed of displacement of the streams towards the coast has slowed, so that the most active, the north, advances at four meters per hour. However, the advancement fronts of the language have grown in height and are now between eight and 15 meters.

The DSN also reports that AENA has established temporarily restricted areas of airspace in the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane for overflight in land and sea areas below 3,000 feet.

Remember that between this Thursday and Friday the possibility that the gases from the volcano at 3,000 meters of altitude are expected to “begin to move east or northeast, while at 1,500 meters, the trend in emissions points to the southwest and south.”

In relation to air quality, there are no records that can indicate health risks, says the DSN. “With regard to the possibility of acid rain, there is no risk of chemical interaction and, if it occurs, it would have no short-term effects.

The Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan) reported this morning that the height of the volcanic plume is estimated at 4.1 kilometers above the eruptive mouth. On the ground, Italian volcanologists displaced to La Palma have made measurements of the thickness of the ash layer, which at approximately one kilometer from the origin of the eruption is already about three centimeters.

Meanwhile, aid to the nearly 6,000 people who have had to leave their homes and jobs because of the lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano is increasing day by day.

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced on Wednesday the beginning of the relocations of part of the 137 affected by the lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja volcano who have stayed since Sunday in the Breña Baja barracks in social health centers, in a hotel in the municipality of Fuencaliente and in other resources that are being enabled to be available in the coming days.

In addition to the assistance provided by the administration and the institutions to those affected, there has been added the offer of the employers’ associations of the Spanish bank AEB, CECA and Unacc and the real estate asset manager Sareb to make available to those affected the homes they have available in the island “free of charge and as long as necessary” to contribute to their temporary relocation.

In addition, the Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, has assured that the Military Emergency Unit (UME) “will be as long as necessary, with the necessary means”, on the island of La Palma to help in everything related to the eruption of the volcano.

José Antonio Gamarra, second lieutenant of the nucleus of operations of the contingent of 184 UME personnel displaced to La Palma to collaborate in the emergency device, has told EFE that they are carrying out analyzes that show that the air that the population of La Palma breathes does not it is harmful to health.

The kings have wanted to join with their presence this Thursday on the island to the pain of the families who have lost or are losing their homes, their livelihoods and their memories under lava and this Thursday they travel to La Palma to offer their support and solidarity in these difficult times.

Don Felipe and Mrs. Letizia will be accompanied by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who returns to the island after flying directly from New York where he has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly, as well as by the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, and that of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata and other authorities.

The kings will visit the rehousing point of those affected located in the El Fuerte barracks, in the town of Breña Baja, and after holding a meeting with the Committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), they will know the different places where it is coordinated the emergency device.