The cloud of gases generated by the lava from the erupting volcano in Cumbre Vieja, La Palma, when coming into contact with sea water has not caused human damage, as reported by Rubén Fernández González, technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), in the press conference offered as every day to report the latest data from the volcano.
The lava from the La Palma volcano creates a huge delta 500 meters wide and discolors the sea
This has been mainly due to the wind, which blows strongly and has kept the column of gases over the affected area, without moving it towards the interior of the island or inhabited areas. It has not spread laterally and the area of interaction between lava and sea water “is small”, as explained by María José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands.
The delta created by the accumulation of lava on the coast of Tazacorte, on the southwest coast of the island, already has an area of about 500 meters wide and about 40 meters high.
For now, the two-mile maritime exclusion zone is maintained in front of the point of contact of the lava and the water.
According to the latest data provided by the Copernicus satellite and pointed out by Fernández, the number of buildings totally or partially damaged by lava on its way to the ocean amounts to 744, without differentiating between houses or other buildings, such as tool rooms or warehouses. Of these, 656 buildings are totally destroyed, and 88 only partially.
Fernández has indicated that this Thursday, if the weather conditions allow it, the permits will be resumed so that farmers can go to water their plantations, as well as the punctual removal of equipment in evacuated areas always outside the exclusion perimeter.
On the other hand, 5,655 residents are still evacuated (none staying in the El Fuerte barracks) and three towns near the point where the lava fell into the sea (San Borondón, La Condesa, Marina Alta and Marina Baja), confined to avoid poisoning by inhalation of vapors and gases. In fact, Rubén Fernández has insisted on reminding the population to use masks and protective glasses, not only because of the air, but also because of the amount of ash that continues to fall on the island.
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