Friday, September 30

The lava flows from the La Palma volcano, “stable and without invading new surfaces” this Tuesday

The lava flows from the La Palma volcano continue stable this Tuesday and do not invade new surfaces. This is communicated by the latest report from the Department of Homeland Security (DSN). So far, the eruption that started on September 19 in Cumbre Vieja affects some 984 hectares, in which according to the latest data from the Cadastre, 1,452 buildings have suffered damage or are destroyed.

Regarding air quality, the emission of sulfur dioxide (SO2) continues to be high, although it is specified in the report that “the temporal evolution reflects a downward trend since September 23”. In any case, the situation continues to be “extremely unfavorable” in Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso, Tazacorte, Tijarafe and Puntagorda in relation to PM10 fine particles. Finally, the meteorological conditions remain without “significant” changes, which favor aeronautical operations.

The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has located 36 earthquakes on La Palma since midnight, the highest magnitude being the one registered at 6:55 am this Tuesday, reaching 3.8 in the municipality of Mazo, intensity II, and a depth of 38 kilometers.

However, at 01.33 hours another 3.7 earthquake was also registered in Mazo that had a greater intensity, specifically III-IV, and was located at a depth of 13 kilometers.

In this way, the ‘seismic swarm’ remains active south of Cumbre Vieja, although the Department of Homeland Security (DSN) indicates that there is a downward trend in certain parameters associated with seismicity, tremor or the emission of the volcanic plume. although he clarifies that this trend must be consolidated over time to be considered permanent.