Tuesday, October 19

The lava is 1,600 meters off the coast of La Palma

The lava flow is getting closer and closer to reaching the coast of La Palma. The Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda has communicated this Monday, September 27, that “after the latest changes in the eruption, the possibility that the lava will come into contact with the sea increases” in the next few hours, since It is currently at about 1,600 meters. For this reason, they explain, the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine has modified the no-navigation zone one mile further north.

Four neighborhoods on the coast of La Palma are confined in anticipation of the lava reaching the sea in the next few hours

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Maritime Rescue also prohibits the passage of any boat within a distance of two miles from the coast, while security and emergency personnel on land maintain an exclusion radius of 2 kilometers. The scientific committee of the Special Plan for Protection against Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) recommended establishing said perimeters because “at the moment when lava flows reach the coast, interaction with the ocean can generate explosions, gas emanations and detachment of the lava front. ”Likewise, in the early morning the confinement of four neighborhoods of Tazacorte was ordered: San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa, before the imminent arrival of the lava to the sea.

The mayor of this palm tree town, Juan Miguel Rodríguez, has declared on Canary Television that it is “difficult to predict the time it will reach the sea” and has communicated that, if it arrives, several neighborhoods would be totally isolated. “I ask the neighbors for patience and those who are in confinement, to take the appropriate security measures.”

The Pevolca insists on not approaching the washes due to the risk of being exposed to the gases emitted, given the risk of possible landslides and high temperatures; It also highlights the importance of reinforcing information to the population so that they can take self-protection measures against the danger posed by the emission of ashes from the eruptive centers.

Last week, the Canary Islands Government expected the lava to reach the coast during the night, moving at a speed of about 700 meters per hour. But as he advanced through the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane, he encountered obstacles that slowed his progress to 120 meters per hour, as explained last Tuesday by the director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, who refused to set a date. concrete to specify the arrival of the lava to the sea.

Since it erupted last Sunday, the material emanating from the volcano has covered 240 hectares, according to the latest data from CopernicusEMS, and has destroyed more than 390 homes, in addition to agricultural land, hydraulic infrastructure, roads or light poles.

The firefighters Consorcio de Emergencias de Gran Canaria who have traveled to La Palma to help in the face of the eruption have tried a desperate operation since last night: to channel a tremendous lava flow into a ravine to save homes in Todoque. But it was not enough. This Sunday the lava flow devastated the emblematic church of the town and several houses.


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