Saturday, December 4

One of the lava flows from the volcano stalks Puerto Naos, although still “quite a distance”


The emission of lava that occurred two days ago in the La Palma volcano has rearranged the continent of the main cone and has fed the streams in the last hours, especially the number 1 and 7, in which it has been filled “islets” and areas that had not yet been affected by the volcano. The technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, has had a lot of influence this Thursday on language number 3, which has been moving and has reached a speed of 20 meters per hour. This wash, explained the technician, is small and creeps around 10 and 1 towards Puerto Naos, although now it has slowed down and is still “quite a distance.”

The volcano leaves La Palma without the possibility of incinerating remains by affecting the lava to the insular crematorium of Las Manchas

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The small size of casting 3 has not prevented it from engulfing numerous buildings in its path. Morcuende has ensured that it is possible that it does not reach much more surface, precisely because of everything that has been eaten in its path, which causes the lava mass to become more viscous and slow down.

At the moment, it is located about 20 meters from the Camino de Aniceto and the expert once again emphasized that “there may be a condition on the road that we use to go down to Puerto Naos”, so “it is touching an area that was very populated “, lament.

As for the rest of the lava languages ​​that come out of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, the technician has also highlighted that 1 is where “the bulk of the energy” circulates and 7, which is also receiving a lot of contribution in the last hours, is It is already about 86 meters from the coast. Regarding laundry number eight, the technical director of Pevolca has indicated that although it has been stopped for days in La Laguna, it is impossible for the evacuated residents to return to their homes since “it hangs by a thread.”

Both Morcuende and the director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), María José Blanco, have explained that this Thursday the emission rate of sulfur dioxide (SO2) continues to be high in the plume. During the next few hours, in addition, there will be a variation in the trade winds, as it is weakening. “This is a problem” because it allows the entry of Saharan air, so “we will once again have a higher concentration of suspended particles.” On the other hand, the fact that the base of the investment is lower also complicates the dispersion of the gases.

Despite this panorama, experts have ensured that the operation of La Palma airport is not compromised in the next 24 hours.

Regarding the level of SO2 at street level, in the “lower troposphere”, there has been an overcoming of the threshold in Puntagorda, “without a clear explanation”, Morcuende has recognized, and for this reason it is for which a warning to the population in case “at any time we will exceed the thresholds again.” There has also been an overcoming of these levels in Los Llanos de Aridane, although the technician points out that it is probably due to “road traffic” and the cleaning that is being carried out of the ash in the area, so “we understand that it is punctual” , he assured.

Seismicity, according to the Pevolca daily report, remains in the same parameters as in previous days, with tremors at medium depths (10 to 15 kilometers) and high (more than 20) and magnitudes around 3.5, with the highest of 4.8 in deep layers, and intensities of up to four.

Hectares razed

The director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, explained that the area covered by lava is 905.46 hectares, 20.48 hectares more in 24 hours, and, according to data from the cadastre, there are 1,293 buildings destroyed, two more, of which 1,039 are for residential use, 136 for agricultural use, 64 for industrial use, 29 for leisure and hospitality, 11 for public use and 14 for other uses.

The European satellite system Copernicus increases the number of buildings destroyed to 2,183, while another 113 are at risk, to a total of 2,296 buildings affected.

Of the more than 7,000 evacuated by the advance of the lava, there are 458 housed in hotels, four more than the day before, and 44 dependents have been housed in social health centers.



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