Thursday, December 9

The La Palma eruption continues to register “major explosions” one month after its onset

The eruption that originated in the Cumbre Vieja volcano within the area of ​​the main cone registers this Saturday “important explosions” and the emission of lava, as reported by the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan). About a month after the eruption began, this Saturday the earthquake of the greatest magnitude, of 4.6, has also been reached in Mazo and 37 kilometers deep, a circumstance that, according to the scientific spokesperson of the Emergency Plan Volcánicas de Canarias (Pevolca), María José Blanco, it is possible that it will be repeated.

As he commented, there is the possibility that in the next few days there will be earthquakes of intensity above 4.5, although at a great depth, above 30 kilometers, which will continue to be felt by the population.

Also today the airlines have stopped operating at La Palma airport due to the ash cloud that is over this facility and that could affect the airspace between La Palma, La Gomera and the north of Tenerife.

For now, the rest of the flight schedule in the archipelago continues to develop normally.

However, Aena has indicated that the La Palma airport is operational and that the decision to operate the flights is made by the companies based on their observations and parameters.

The bad weather conditions will remain between 24 and 36 hours, said Blanco, who in the press conference after the Pevolca meeting gave good news: The new eruptive point sighted this Friday has presented less activity today and continues to eject only ashes.

It is not foreseeable that this new eruptive point will emit magma and, in principle, its activity is based on creating a column of ash, which reaches 4,500 meters of altitude.

Nor throughout this day have new evacuations occurred or are planned, said the technical director of Pevolca, Rubén Fernández, who has specified that the new eruptive point has not affected the removal of equipment and irrigation to the south of the primal laundry.

He has made reference to the streams that are located to the south of the La Laguna mountain, the one closest to it has been channeled into a small trough and continues its march at a much slower speed and is located about 400 meters from the sea.

Further north, where a finger of the wash stuck to the Montaña de La Laguna has separated, the lava continues its advance at a slow pace and has destroyed the football field. All this environment has been evacuated, so the physical integrity of any person is not at risk, added Fernández, who has indicated that this is the most active area in terms of the advance of the washings.

According to experts, the existence of lava tubes, and the fact that the castings have increased in height and slightly widen, makes the front of these hardly advance. The area affected by the eruption is around 742 hectares, with a maximum width of the wash of 2,350 meters. In addition, there are 1,923 buildings affected, of which 1,826 are totally destroyed and 97 in danger or partially.