The ash expelled by the new volcano on La Palma since the beginning of its eruption on September 19 has covered an area of 3,304 hectares. This is stated in the latest update of the European Copernicus terrestrial monitoring satellite system with data collected on Friday afternoon by the Efe agency.
Confined new population centers on La Palma after worsening air quality
In this update, the estimate of the surface occupied by lava is significantly reduced, including the land that has gained from the sea since the night of the 28th. It goes from 709 hectares to 367.3.
As for the buildings affected by the runoff, the calculation of 1,005 is maintained, although those that have been completely destroyed rise to 880, ten more compared to the previous count.
The number of kilometers of roads affected increases to 30.7, of which 28.3 have been destroyed by the passage of lava.
Air quality worsens
The direction of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Assistance for Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) decided late this Friday night to expand the confinement area to new population centers after the latest air quality measurements. In fact, the four neighborhoods on the Tazacorte coast that had already been confined in the early morning from Sunday to Monday (San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa) are now added as a risk zone the space between the crossing of Camino Cruz Chica with the LP-2 highway continuing west until the junction with Nicolás Brito Pais, continuing this road until the ring road and through it until the Hoyas Hondas roundabout.
PEVOLCA has decided to update this containment measure as a precautionary measure due to the results of the latest air quality measurements. As reported by the direction of the plan at the press conference this Friday, the indicators in the Aridane Valley are within healthy and breathable limits, although it specified that in the area of the eruption and in the areas near the emission center the air quality is worse. For this reason, from day one, an exclusion radius and a safety distance of 2.5 kilometers have been established.