The La Palma volcano celebrates 40 days since it erupted on September 19 in Cabeza de Vaca, and has already affected more than 915.7 hectares, burying some 1,293 buildings. Likewise, more than 7,000 people have been evacuated so far, of which the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) has given shelter to 454.
The unnamed volcano celebrates 40 days of destruction on La Palma
Despite everything, explained María José Blanco, spokesperson for the Scientific Committee, “the eruption maintains the same pattern as three days ago”, with high amounts of lava and a constant reconfiguration of the cone. Likewise, he announced, a new stream was created at the emitter focus on the west flank of the main cone that continues to move southwest, on previous streams, and bifurcates into two arms: one walks to the west and the other to the southwest. This last tongue has deviated and is walking on terrain that had not been affected.
For his part, the technical director of Pevolca pointed out that the biggest problem is having in the third wash, the one that starts from the south of the emergency and moves towards the Aniceto and Las Majadas road, threatening, from this Thursday, the road access to Puerto Naos. However, the arrival of that laundry to the tourist town is ruled out for now.
As for the ash column, this Friday it reaches 3,300 meters, while the wind on this day, from the west and southwest, is favorable for the operation of the airport on the pretty island. While the 10 micron particles are today below the daily threshold.
Air quality continues to be a concern, although, Blanco stressed, it has improved in the last few hours. In this sense, Morcuende also took the opportunity to present a new traffic light to find out if conditions are favorable (green) or not (red). According to the latest calculations, the volcano has emitted 15,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per day, a figure that improves those obtained in previous days.
On the other hand, the tremor continues to appear with high values and the seismology is noted, especially in intermediate zones. “In the last hours there has been a decrease in the number of events located at great depth. However, it does not have any meaning in the medium term,” said Blanco.
From the National Geographic Institute (IGN) they have indicated that in the first hours of this Friday around 70 earthquakes were located on La Palma, all of them concentrated in the area of the municipalities of Villa de Mazo and Fuencaliente.
The highest magnitude, 3.9, has affected Villa de Mazo with an intensity of IV -on a scale of I to XII- and 11 kilometers deep.
The IGN has located two other earthquakes in the town of Fuencaliente of 3.4 magnitude and at a depth between 13 and 14 kilometers, and another of 3.6 in Villa de Mazo.
Guaguas to see the volcano
In his appearance, the director of Pevolca asked that on this long weekend, visitors who come to the island to see the volcano use the shuttle made available to tourists and that leaves from the old airport, where you can park. “From there the buses will leave every 20 minutes to the church of Tajuya, an exceptional viewpoint to see the eruption. In this way, the traffic that can hinder the work of the emergency teams will be avoided,” Morcuende concluded.