Wednesday, January 19

Five days from the end of the La Palma volcano nightmare

The La Palma volcano eruption he turned three months on Sunday in the middle of a progressive “burnout” process, according to scientists. However, in order to ensure that the eruptive process that began on September 19 is complete, the recorded and observable data of the last few days must be kept at current levels during five more days. This period will expire precisely next Saturday, Christmas Day.

The Steering Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Assistance for Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) explained that the volcano “continues to show signs of weakening of the eruptive process. However, the legal emergency situation persistsIn fact, yesterday the presence of “remnant” gases was significant in the area of ​​La Bombilla, Puerto Naos and El Remo. This situation prevented residents and irrigators from accessing the area. Likewise, “remnants of lava were also detected in the coladas “.

Meanwhile, the visible emission of volcanic gases continues to be “punctual and sporadic” and is concentrated in the eruptive centers and in the jameos of the volcanic tubes. Nor have there been major seismic movements. The number of earthquakes, which are also low in magnitude, is “at very low levels,” according to experts. The sulfur dioxide emission it also remains at very low levels. However, the scientists’ conclusions suggest that a new rebound in strombolian activity and emission of runoff cannot be ruled out “.

During these 90 days, it is estimated that the lava has affected some 3,216 constructions


During these three months of eruption on the island of La Palma, it is estimated that the lava has affected some 3,216 constructions, of which 2,988 have been totally destroyed and 138 partially, according to data from the satellite of the Copernicus program. The volcano has led to the evacuation of some 7,000 people, of which 2,329 had their homes and land among the 1,218.87 hectares of land in a perimeter of 68.9 kilometers that has washed away the lava on the Isla Bonita.

At present, the number of people housed in hotels is 556. Of these, 390 are in Fuencaliente, 73 in Los Llanos de Aridane and 93 in Breña Baja, while the number of dependents housed in health centers remains at 43. Donations to those affected already amount to 16 million euros.

Meanwhile, the technical director of Pevolca, Rubén Fernández -in temporary replacement of Miguel Ángel Morcuende- yesterday reminded those affected that they should not access their homes alone and that they should not approach the laundry area, since the terrain in these areas is kept at very high temperatures. Likewise, the opening of new jameos occurs on a daily basis and there are still flows in the lava tubes.

Indonesia’s Semeru volcano erupts again

The Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupted again in the province of East Java on Sunday, and the authorities have warned that the risk remains high, so they have asked the population to exercise caution. The new eruption in the early morning threw a column of ash two kilometers high, according to the Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (Pvmbg). Earlier this month, the Semeru eruption killed at least 46 people, left several missing and thousands of people were displaced. The volcano, almost 3,700 meters high, is part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and has erupted several times since December 2020. It is the highest mountain on the entire Island, where some 145 million people reside. . In addition, the country is located in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, known for its high seismic activity and in which there are more than a hundred active volcanoes.

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