The Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, has been active today for 50 days with no data to suggest it is complete in the short term. The natural phenomenon that began on September 19 has already led to the evacuation of more than 7,000 residents from neighboring areas, more than 2,000 of whom were directly affected by their residence within the vicinity of the volcano.
Of those people who have homes in the blast area, 1,576 are residents of Los Llanos de Arridan, 391 are from El Paso and 122 are from the municipality of Tazarote. According to the latest Copernican observational update made on Saturday afternoon, lava has covered a total of 992.4 hectares, destroying or destroying 2,719 buildings and infrastructure so far.
For its part, out of 2719 infrastructure damaged by lava, 2,287 and 132 were destroyed, while with regard to roads, 73.4 km of roads were destroyed and another 3.3 km could be damaged.
Air quality was particularly unfavorable this weekend in the municipalities near the volcano – El Paso, Fuencaliente, Tijarafe and Los Llanos de Aridane-. However, according to the latest report from the National Directorate of Security (DSN), which was published this morning, the weather is still favorable for naval and air operations.
As for earthquakes, the “seismic swarm” is still active south of Cumbre Vega, with most earthquakes occurring at depths of 10-15 km. However, the volcanic process continues and the lava passes northwest without affecting the new surfaces.
Finally, the Volcanic Emergency Plan for the Canary Islands (Pivolca) does not consider that there is data to suggest that the end of the eruption will occur in the short term, given the decrease in seismic activity despite the earthquake from 4.5 to 36. kilometers deep late on Saturday.