Sunday, October 24

The La Palma volcano maintains four emission centers and two streams that slow down its speed

This Sunday, in the crater of the volcano there are at least four active emission centers, the last two appeared last Friday at the base of the cone, on its skirt, but they have merged into one. It is still being studied whether the new mouth opened on Saturday morning is one of the old ones through which lava has re-emerged.

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Hours after the collapse of the upper part of the volcanic cone and the opening of new emission sources, the lava that emanated at high speed down the slope – between 250 and 300 meters per hour – began to slow down, according to the Council of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands. The other language that advanced to Todoque remains practically stopped and, although its arrival at sea was anticipated, it is also likely that it will not eventually reach the coast.

The Scientific Committee explained last Friday that the fissure eruption continues to show a strombolian mechanism, currently concentrating its activity in the volcanic cone. The eruptive process over time has shown, and may show, episodes of increased explosive activity, which reached the highest levels recorded so far on Sunday afternoon.

The volcanic traffic light and level 2 of the situation of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and emergency care for volcanic risk in the Canary Islands (Pevolca) remain in red.

The intensification of the eruptive activity registered since Friday follows the usual canons of a fissure volcanic eruption of a strombolian character, typical of the Canary Islands.

This Sunday, the Scientific Committee and the Steering Committee, chaired by its director and counselor for Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, will meet again, as every day. The explosive phenomena that are taking place within the eruptive process are normal, although dangerous situations cannot be ruled out.

La Palma airport remains inoperative and the capital of La Palma dawns covered in ash

La Palma airport is still inoperative because the airlines that offer the service in the area have made the decision not to fly in the area due to the accumulation of ash on the runway and on the apron. This has generated long queues at the port located in the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma, in the northeast of the island, which has become the only exit route for residents and tourists.

This Sunday, the island’s capital has dawned with a rain of ash. Although the values ​​measured by the air quality surveillance network, it reflects that it is good.

The air navigation manager in Spain, Enaire, reported that 874 flights with origin or destination in the Canary Islands operated last Saturday and “the airspace remains operational.”

Seismicity continues at low levels, although it is not ruled out that there could be seismic movements that reach magnitude 4, higher than those registered in the last hours, the highest of magnitude 2.7.

Since the beginning of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano last Sunday, there are 212 hectares covered by lava and 461 buildings destroyed, as of September 25, according to the Copernicus observatory update.

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced a budget modification to urgently allocate 13 million euros to affected people and companies; The acquisition of 280 properties is also managed, for this there is an economic bag of 39 million euros and, among other actions, in the medium term legislative mechanisms are studied with city councils that allow undertaking a new land management that enables residents to so they wish, to have their new home close to their usual surroundings.

Pedro Sánchez has announced that he will declare La Palma a “catastrophic zone”, a measure that will be preceded by a series of immediate actions, c immediate aid in housing, basic necessities, maintenance and supply of irrigation systems, restoration of the mobility and transport of people and goods, businesses and companies affected.

Once the volcanic eruption ends, Sánchez explained that more long-term measures would be applied, which will be included in a decree law with measures to rebuild the affected areas and structured in six strategic lines:

  • Town planning. Effective provision of resources to rebuild destroyed urban environments – Measures to provide a definitive and personalized solution to citizens who have lost their habitual residence.
  • Living place. Definitive and personalized solution for citizens who have lost their usual home.
  • Infrastructure plan to regain mobility throughout the island
  • Agricultural infrastructure plan to recover the irrigation network in agricultural holdings
  • Energy plan that provides lines for the transmission and distribution of electricity through the most protected areas of the island and favors the implementation of renewable energy
  • Plan to relaunch tourism on the islands

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