Sunday, December 5

Direct | Part of the main cone of the volcano collapses

Part of the main cone of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, has suffered a landslide during the morning of this Saturday, as reported by the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan).

The flows are currently slower and more viscous than in recent days and the plume of gases and ash has reached the 2,800 meters high, with an ash cloud that goes to the south, which allows air navigation on the island.

In this sense, the latest data from the EU Copernicus program corresponding to this Friday – update number 2 – suggest that the lava expelled by the volcano had affected 886.6 hectares of surface on La Palma and destroyed 2,122 infrastructures, while the ash has covered 6,800 hectares of land.

About the evacuated people, More than 7,000 residents have had to leave their homes due to the proximity of the lava, 1,500 of them being people who had their residence under the perimeter of the volcano. By municipalities, 72.7% of the evacuees are from Los Llanos de Aridane, 19.9% ​​from El Paso and 7.35% from Tazacorte.

Regarding air quality, SO2 (sulfur dioxide) levels are below the thresholds dangerous for health and were only exceeded in the day yesterday, Friday in PM10 particles due to the movement of ash at the Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos de Aridane stations.

54 earthquakes recorded

The National Geographic Institute (IGN) has registered from 00.00 this Saturday until 06.30 about 37 earthquakes south of Cumbre Vieja, in La Palma, several of them of magnitude 3.9 in Fuencaliente and Mazo. In the case of the first municipality, Three earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 and intensity IV took place at 00.54, 05.58 and 06.07 hours at a depth of between eleven and thirteen kilometers.

In the case of the first municipality, three earthquakes of magnitude 3.9 and intensity IV took place at 00.54, 05.58 and 06.07 hours at a depth of between eleven and thirteen kilometers. Meanwhile, as far as Mazo is concerned, the largest earthquake was at 02.19 hours, also 3.9, but at a depth of 35 kilometers, locating another of 3.8 at 04.00 hours at 37 kilometers. In general, seismicity remains stable at medium and stable depths but It is not ruled out that in the next few days the earthquakes will gain in intensity and may reach six.

About 6,000 people evacuated

After the preventive evacuations last Wednesday, the total number of people evicted since the beginning of the emergency is around 6,600. Regarding the area affected by the eruptive process, it is 845.72 hectares, 20.49 hectares more than the data made public yesterday, and the maximum width between the extreme points of the flows remains at approximately 2,900 meters, although within of this extension there are areas that have not been affected by lava.

The buildings destroyed or damaged, according to the data provided by the CadastreThey amount to 1,280 buildings, of which 1,030 are for residential use, 132 for agriculture, 64 for industrial use, 30 for leisure and hospitality, 11 for public use and 14 for other uses. Finally, the affected crop area currently reaches 258.23 hectares, of which more than 56%, 144, 93 hectares, correspond to banana crops.

Canary Islands airports continue to operate normally

The eight airports of the Canary Islands continue to operate normally despite the volcano eruption La Palma, whose ash emission is not preventing normal operation these days.

As reported by Aena early this Saturday, in the case of the Palma airport complex, during the day this Friday It was able to develop its operations without being affected by the natural phenomenon. However, given the possibility that there could be some type of change during the day or cancellation of flights by the airlines, the airport manager recommends that passengers check with the company the status of the flight.

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