“The eruption is over.” This was confirmed this Saturday, Christmas Day, by the Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, after the daily meeting of the scientific committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) in which it has been verified that, indeed, after ten days inactive, the La Palma volcano has not registered new deformations. After 85 days and eight hours, the counselor verbalizes these words of “relief”, as he himself acknowledges at a press conference.
Scientists warn: the end of the eruption on La Palma does not mean that there are not “some dangers”
The eruption began on September 19, “almost still in summer”, and has lasted until September 13, “almost in winter”, which has made the Canary Islands go through a “volcanic autumn, literally”, as the counselor in his speech, in which he stressed that this cessation of “daily dripping of destruction” will mean the beginning of the reconstruction of the island of La Palma.
He has spoken of “satisfaction” when referring to the human device that has been behind this volcanic emergency, despite its size, “probably the largest of the Civil Protection catastrophes in Spain in recent times.” Pérez has outlined that, leaving aside the major meteorological catastrophes and military operations (such as the one to control the pandemic), the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano is “due to its size, its duration and its destructive impact, the greatest catastrophe that has occurred in the country in recent years “.
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