The lava front of the La Palma volcano is currently located on the road to El Pampillo, on the border of the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte, about 1,000 meters from the coast in a straight line, as announced by the Technical Director of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Assistance for Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (PEVOLCA), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, after attending the meetings of the Scientific Committee and the Steering Committee of the Plan this afternoon.
The Forestry Brigade hastily abandons its work in Tazacorte due to a toxic cloud formed when the lava reaches the greenhouses
Although it is not possible to know when it will reach the sea, Morcuende pointed out that the confinement of the coastal neighborhoods of Tazacorte is maintained in a preventive way due to the possibility that contact with the sea generates hydrochloric acid emanations and explosions, and indicated that no performed new evacuations.
Morcuende also reported on the emanation of gases and explained that, despite the fact that there are higher ratios of suspended particles in the area of the eruption, the plume is above 4,000 meters, so air quality is maintained within the established limit values. He also reported that during the morning the laundry front (located in an area vacated for days), has begun to burn plastic and other materials from the banana greenhouses. In that sense, he explained that this toxic cloud has been monitored by the UME, it is being diluted and has not affected people, since those that could be found in the area collecting belongings or perishable products were evacuated.
The director recalled the possibility that homes located within a radius of less than 5 km suffer glass breakage due to the volcano’s explosions, so he insisted on moving away from the windows and taking extreme measures of self-protection due to the ashes: “The best thing is do not go out when ash is falling and, if we do, we must take extreme precautions with suitable clothing, masks, gloves and caps ”.
Regarding the activity of the volcano, he commented that during the afternoon of yesterday the activity was very low, almost null in relation to previous days and that it was from the late evening when it was reactivated with the expulsion of magma from the inner layers of the volcano, which is at a higher temperature and therefore causes more fluid flows.
For her part, the director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, explained that the fissure eruption continues to show strombolian character but now presents a Hawaiian behavior with phases of fluid lava flows. In this sense, he indicated that both mechanisms are simultaneous in this eruption and, although the strombolian explosions have ceased in the last hours, it is possible that they could occur again.
Regarding the route that the lava follows, Blanco pointed out that according to what has been seen in the flights made by drones of the different institutions, the lava follows the previous lava flows, which favors it to advance faster. In this sense, the emission point on the north flank is the one that is most active, although it continues to emit in the crater.