The area affected by the La Palma volcano is close to 600 hectares. Since Saturday, when the north face of the volcanic cone collapsed, effusive and eruptive activity has increased. According to the report of the Department of Homeland Security (DSN) of the Government published this Tuesday, the greater fluidity of the lava has raised the affected area to 595 hectares. In addition, this document shows that the most active stream is the one to the north and one of its branches is 300 meters from the sea. However, all the washes move through the area already evacuated.
The confinement of 3,500 people due to the advance of the new laundry on La Palma is maintained
The other lava path yesterday caused the combustion of hydrocarbons as it passed through a cement factory that forced the confinement of some 3,500 people in areas of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane. Access by Tazacorte to the evacuated areas was also prohibited until the evolution of the volcanic emergency north of the Todoque mountain is studied.
The Canarian airports are operational, although the airlines are canceling flights to La Palma since there is a significant amount of volcanic ash that travels in an easterly direction along with the sulfur dioxide cloud due to the high winds. The dioxide values are below the risk threshold.
In a statement, the General Directorate of Emergencies and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands explained this Monday night that the decision was maintained “in anticipation of the possible impact on nearby ships and the scrapping of vehicles.” The confined area encompasses the space between the crossing of Camino Cruz Chica with the LP-2 highway, continuing west to the crossing with Nicolás Brito Pais, continuing this road to the ring road and through it to the Hoyas Hondas roundabout.
María José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, also explained this Monday that after the lava lake overflowed last Saturday after the collapse of part of the main cone, the lava tongues have advanced, above all, on the Northern part of the main stream, following a path to the west, towards the sea, always within the previously determined exclusion zone.
On the other hand, the seismicity continues and in the last hours an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 and depth 13 km has been registered. In total, there have been 18 seismic movements registered until this Tuesday morning.
The largest one located in the municipality of Mazo, 37 kilometers deep, and 9 minutes after the National Geographic Institute located in Fuencaliente, 12 kilometers deep, an earthquake of magnitude 3.9 and magnitude IV.