The volcano on La Palma has been active for more than two months. Meter-thick streams of lava roll unstoppably through the land. The airport has been out of service for days. Now the weather service sounds the alarm.
Santa Cruz – There is no relaxation in sight on the Canary Island of La Palma. The volcano has been haunted by lava and ash for 66 days. The earth is shaking. Another gigantic lava flow reached the sea this Tuesday afternoon (November 23, 2021). It is the fourth lava flow that flows down the Cumbre Vieja mountain range into the Atlantic. For fear of toxic gases, the local authorities ordered a curfew for a total of 3000 people on La Palma.
In the meantime, however, there has been an all-clear. “No more danger,” said the volcano and disaster control of the Canary Island of Pevolca on Wednesday morning. In the affected municipality of Tazacorte, residents are now allowed to leave their homes again. However, the authorities recommend wearing FFP2 masks outdoors to protect against toxic gases, even if the values currently do not pose a risk to the population.
Volcanic eruption on La Palma: Ash cloud has paralyzed the airport for days
Because of volcanic ash, La Palma airport is also closed on Wednesday – it is the fifth day in a row. “We are working on being able to resume operations as soon as possible, as long as the weather conditions permit,” said the Spanish airport operator AENA on Twitter. “Due to the current ash cloud, the operation on La Palma will continue to be paralyzed on Wednesday the whole day,” also reports the airline Binter via Twitter. It is still unclear when normal operations will resume. “The airline is monitoring the development of the situation at all times in contact with the aviation authorities and is waiting for confirmation that all safety conditions have been met in order to resume normal operations.”
Scientists assume that the sulfur dioxide (SO2) and ash cloud “represents an unfavorable scenario” for the La Palma airport until the weekend. The eruption column was said to have been 3700 meters high on Wednesday morning. And the volcano continues to simmer. “The appearance of new emission centers around the main cone within the exclusion zone is not ruled out,” says the current report of the civil protection. Is the end of the volcanic eruption on La Palma in sight? The activity of the volcano on the Cumbre Vieja mountain range has been declining for weeks, but numerous earthquakes at depths of more than 30 kilometers indicate further explosions. Once the volcano took an eerie pause, but that was a long time ago.
La Palma: volcanic eruption on the Cumbre Vieja mountain range
- The volcano on the Cumbre Vieja mountain range (1949 meters) on the Canary Island of La Palma erupted on September 19, 2021 for the first time in 50 years.
- Huge lava flows have now destroyed more than 2,650 buildings and almost 1,073 hectares of land.
- The Canaries, which also include the popular holiday islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote, are of volcanic origin.
La Palma: “Yellow Alert” – weather service warns of heavy rain
The current weather forecast for the Canary Island of La Palma is also worrying. The Spanish weather service Aemet warned of heavy rains all over the holiday island. The “yellow alert” was extended to Friday (November 26th, 2021). Precipitation of up to 60 liters per square meter in 12 hours can be expected. The main concern is the ash that has accumulated on the roofs of the buildings: it could become heavier from the rain and cause the buildings to collapse. When it rains, the ashes on the ground turn into gray mud, which would be particularly difficult to remove from the access roads on La Palma.
The volcanic eruption is already part of everyday life on La Palma. Much is routine. Volcano researchers warn of a “lava bomb”. (ml) * Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA
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