Wednesday, December 7

The before and after the La Palma volcano: this is how the landscape on the island has changed

September 19 has become an indelible date for all Canaries and Canaries: that day the La Palma volcano erupted. As in all major events, everyone will remember what they were doing when the media reported at noon about the start of their activity in the Cabeza de Vaca area.

A Canary Island pine, affected by the La Palma volcano, shows its first green shoots

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Three months later, experts have concluded the eruption, not before having earned the title of the longest recorded on the beautiful island and the most destructive of all time. In fact, the Canary Islands Government rates the losses caused by the volcano at more than 900 million euros, although there is damage that is impossible to recover: more than 1,300 homes, according to the Cadastre, have been buried under the lava. Also the landscape has changed forever. As proof of this, the photographer Miguel Calero, for the EFE agency, has captured an impressive before and after of the Aridane Valley.

According to the Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (Involcan), the new volcanic building on La Palma is about 200 meters high above its base, with a total altitude of approximately 1,100 meters above sea level, and around an eruptive fissure visible from the sky, with at least six craters. Compared to other buildings, the volcano measures almost four times the Maspalomas lighthouse or the Tenerife Auditorium.

Seismicity continues

Seismic activity continues on La Palma despite the completion of the volcanic eruption in Cumbre Vieja and since last midnight the National Geographic Institute (IGN) has located more than a dozen earthquakes with magnitudes between 1.5 and 2.8.

Two earthquakes have been felt by the population, both in Mazo and with magnitudes between 2.2 and 2.8, at depths of 15 and 40 kilometers, respectively.

The Cabildo de La Palma informs this Monday that access to the northern area of ​​the exclusion area is open and through the southern area both by sea and land.