Thursday, January 27

La Palma volcano | Cumbre Vieja is reactivated with a significant emission of lava and ash

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Spanish island of La Palma, resumed its Strombolian activity at the last minute, registering intense moments in which it has vomited lava and ash from the northeast flank of the volcanic building.

The lava stopped coming out of the main emitting center on Tuesday, but the pause has only lasted 30 hours. The eruption is now concentrated in the new cone, formed a few days ago and very unstable. In its interior, small collapses are taking place that generate blocks that are later dragged by the lava flows.

Barrage of tourists by the Constitution bridge

La Palma is preparing to receive a flood of tourists this weekend during the Constitution Bridge, so the authorities are taking extreme precautions.

Meanwhile, earthquakes continue to shake the island. Record numbers have been reached this week, with 374 earthquakes recorded in a single day, the highest number since the start of the eruption. Although in the last hours it seems that the intensity is reducing.

The lava flows emanating from the erupting volcano have destroyed 2,790 buildings and calcined more than 1,160 hectares. The lava has reclaimed more than 48 hectares from the sea, in the form of lava deltas.

Volcanologists ask not to intervene in La Palma in order to serve as a study

Expert volcanologists recommended this Thursday to the authorities that, when the eruption ends, they preserve the area of ​​the eruption and turn it into a nature reserve where scientists can investigate and serve as a tourist attraction.

This has been pointed out by the participants in the I Worldcanic International Congress of Kitchens and Volcanic Ecosystems, which is hosting the island of Lanzarote until Thursday, Llorenç Planagumà, scientific coordinator of the Volcano Active Foundation, aimed at improving the lives of the communities living in these areas.

Planagumà pointed out that “It is important to know what we step on and to know what types of volcanoes we have”, so you think that “At least the main cone, the craters and the streams would not have to be intervened” and a natural reserve should be “created” that, in addition to experts, could attract visitors in the future.

In his opinion, itineraries of geological interest can be created, showing the negative effects of the eruption and how the lava has entered the houses, as well as “planning and adapting to mitigate a risk that will never reach zero”.

Yes, the area affected by the ash blanket could be recovered in a few years because “it leads to rich and very fertile soils”, one of the issues in which both volcanologists and cooks are influencing the most in this multidisciplinary congress, with examples that they send messages of optimism to the inhabitants of La Palma.

Anne Fornier, geographer and founding volcanologist of the Volcano Active Foundation, told EFE in this regard that preserving the main cone, the craters and the streams would serve the experts to study these natural phenomena; “It would be the most sensible and intelligent thing to do.”

“La Palma could be a place for international volcanism training” because on a planet where there are 1,500 active terrestrial volcanoes – in addition to submarines for which there is no data – “only 60 percent are monitored” and it is “very important to know in order to protect.”

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