Saturday, December 4

The lava mantle engulfs 183 homes on La Palma and slows down their arrival at sea

So far, 6,000 people have been evacuated from the area of ​​the eruption, 50 of them with reduced mobility, and there are already 183 homes and about 200 infrastructures such as swimming pools or tennis courts affected by this catastrophe, without regretting the moment personal injury.

MAP | This is the route of the lava from the La Palma volcano and the houses that it has destroyed

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The volcanic eruption, which started last Sunday, has so far two fissures separated by about 200 meters and more than eight eruptive mouths. Thus, last night a new mouth emerged in the vicinity of the town of Tacande, in El Paso, which has forced evacuations to expand.

According to the information received by the steering committee of the Special Plan for Protection against Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), the new mouth of the volcano has been opened about 900 meters from the main one, for which the population has been asked to also move away from that place.

Lava slows down and delays its arrival at sea

On the afternoon of this Monday, the movement of lava slowed down so it did not reach the sea as planned. This change of pace in the march towards the coast was accompanied by a decrease in tremor, but technicians have warned that it does not mean a reduction in eruptive activity, especially if one takes into account that it is at the beginning of the volcanic event.

Given the appearance of this new eruptive mouth, the Cabildo de La Palma has determined the closure of several highways (LP 211 Todoque; LP-212 Tacande; LP-213 Puerto Naos; LP-215 Tazacorte-La Laguna; LP 2 at the height de Tajuya and restrictions on the LP-3 La Cumbre).

Meanwhile, the director of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan), Nemesio Pérez, has explained that it is not ruled out that new lava emission points appear in the eruptive zone. The expert explained that “a significant superficial seismicity” is taking place that can generate new eruptive mouths, not fissures, since the fissure already opened last Sunday when the eruption began.

According to Pérez, the eruption “continues its course within a normal behavior”, but the difference with other eruptions is that in this case the condition is in an inhabited area.

It should be noted that the island has registered four small earthquakes tonight, of which at least two have been felt by its population, the National Geographic Institute (IGN) reported.

The first earthquake at 9:32 p.m. (Canarian time), of which at first there were changes in its record, reached 3.8 magnitude points according to the IGN and was felt in Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Barlovento, El Paso, Breña Alta and Breña Baja, Fuencaliente, Los Canarios, Villa de Mazo, San José and Santa Cruz de La Palma.

The other earthquake felt was of 3 points of magnitude at 6.06 (Canary time), at a depth of 1 kilometer, and it has been present in a large part of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso.

Solidarity and aid for the victims

Solidarity is also making its way on La Palma and videos and photographs of the humanitarian deployment that are getting, for example, continue without having to regret personal injury, do not stop circulating. The work has been extraordinary on the ground with 540 personnel belonging to the Civil Guard, National Police and the Military Emergency Unit (UME). Likewise, the device provided by local and regional authorities amounts to 650 people.

One of the notable initiatives is that of the renowned chef José Andrés, who has headed to the beautiful island to distribute food with his NGO World Central Kitchen, with which he has fed thousands of people affected by natural disasters around the world.

Meanwhile, the Government of Spain has also activated the Insurance Compensation Consortium to make available to those affected by the La Palma volcano a free telephone number and a website where they can expedite the processing of the damage caused by the eruption. volcanic.

In the press conference after the Council of Ministers, the spokeswoman for the Executive, Isabel Rodríguez, also reported that talks have been held with banks to make vacant properties available to evacuees, an initiative that has had good reception, as explained.