Tuesday, October 26

The confinement of 3,500 people due to the advance of the new laundry on La Palma continues overnight


The new confinements ordered by the Technical Directorate of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) are maintained during the night of this Monday until the morning of October 12, when the situation will be assessed in the first hours of the day. The new river of lava generated by the collapse of the cone last Saturday moves more fluidly north of the Todoque mountain, towards the Perdido beach, where a new strip could form.

In its aggressive advance, bifurcated in two branches, this Monday has forced some 3,500 people to stay in their homes with closed doors and windows, by causing the fire of the cement factory in the Callejón de la Gata industrial estate and the subsequent liberation of gases by combustion of materials.

In a statement, the General Directorate of Emergencies and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands has explained that the decision is maintained “in anticipation of the possible impact on nearby ships and the scrapping of vehicles.” The confined area encompasses the space between the crossing of Camino Cruz Chica with the LP-2 highway, continuing west to the crossing with Nicolás Brito Pais, continuing this road to the ring road and through it to the Hoyas Hondas roundabout.

From this point on, the entire area affected by the August fire is included up to the El Paso soccer field, including the area west of the LP-3 to the Sombrero roundabout. The General Directorate of Emergencies and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands recommends that the affected population stay informed through official channels.

The advance of the original lava flow of the La Palma volcano, which ended on September 28 at sea through Los Guirres in a lava delta south of the Todoque Mountain, has slowed down, and the branch further south, which is on the fajana of the San Juan eruption in 1949, it goes slowly towards the Charcón beach.

After three weeks of eruption, La Palma has 591 hectares covered by lava, which is 1,520 meters wide. In its wake, it has destroyed 753 destroyed buildings (620 homes) and more than 150 hectares of crops, especially banana trees but also avocado farms and vineyards.

In the volcano, the emissions of sulfur dioxide in the crater continue to mark high values, 7,652 tons per day, and the diffuse emission of carbon dioxide is 1,884 tons per day.

Nor does the seismic activity subside and in the last hours the number of tremors has increased, the maximum of magnitude 4.3, although always at medium or high depths, the most numerous between 10 and 15 kilometers.

Although this Monday the population of the Aridane Valley breathes a “reasonably” good air, the meteorological forecasts suggest that in the next two days the problems of ash and sulfur dioxide in the island’s atmosphere may return. In fact, at the airport, although it remained operational, Binter flights have been delayed, while CanaryFly and Iberia have canceled their flights.


The wind from the west and the thermal inversion at about 1,000 meters can push the ashes towards the interior of the island and the east coast, where the airport could be affected again, although the Tenerife North airport is probably not this time. be harmed.

Without clues that point to the remission of the eruption, the teaching activity in El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte, suspended since September 20, with 4,606 students and 583 affected teachers, will not resume this Wednesday as it had thought in a the Ministry of Education began, because optimal conditions cannot be guaranteed in the twenty educational centers in the valley.

From the technical direction of Pevolca, training plans have been given among the residents, with talks in the municipalities of Mazo and Fuencaliente, where they have given first-hand information on the eruptive process, in addition to advancing the evacuation plans of the population, for if necessary.

The Cabildo de La Palma also reported on the morning of October 11 that evacuated residents with properties outside the security perimeter would be allowed access to collect clothes or belongings and farmers could access to cut fruit and water. There are more than 6,000 people evicted from their homes due to the eruptive activity and it has been found that at least 984 are affected by having their residence in the perimeter of the lava (65.5% in the Llanos de Aridane; 23.58% in El Paso and 10.87% in Tazacorte).

New aids

The volcano persists in its eruption and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, plans a new visit to La Palma, the fourth of which was announced for Wednesday.

Sánchez will present new measures to support the sectors affected by the eruption on the island, charged to the 206 million euros approved by the Council of Ministers, and will participate in the meeting of the steering committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection against Volcanic Risk of Canary (Pevolca).

This Monday the mixed commission between administrations met to coordinate the reconstruction plan for La Palma, with the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres at the helm, who has defined, among other measures, that there will be an employment plan for the island equipped with 63 million; aid to the primary sector; purchase of homes and fixtures; and support for national parks and island biodiversity.

The Government of the Canary Islands, through the Ministry of Territorial Policy, is working on the first advances and guidelines for the drafting of the future territorial framework for the recovery of normality after the eruption.



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