The eruption began on September 19, and since then eight mouths from the volcano have not stopped expelling lava. So far, about 6000 residents have been evacuated from all over the island.
New eruption mouth
The appearance of a new eruptive mouth in the town of Takandi after a new earthquake forced the authorities of the Canary Islands to define an exclusion radius of two miles. To date, the magma covers 103 hectares.
The recovery of the activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano led to the evacuation of another 500 people, and there are already 6000 displaced people on the island of La Palma, in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands, while lava flows are getting closer and closer to the Canary Islands. coast.
According to scientists, the meeting of burning magma with the sea may cause the release of toxic gases, so the authorities created an exclusion radius to reduce the risk. The archipelago’s emergency service posted on Twitter Monday evening “a new eruption mouth appears in Tacandy, El Paso,” warning of a “new evacuation” that led to rows of cars appearing during the night, according to AFP photos.
Lorena Hernandez, a municipal councilor for Los Llanos de Arridan, one of the cities worst affected by the lava flows, confirmed to AFP on Tuesday morning that “about 500 people” had to leave their homes.
This new volcanic mouth opened after a new earthquake of magnitude 4.1 was recorded at 21.32 (20.32 GMT), according to the Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands (Involcan). Since the Cumbre Vega outbreak on Sunday afternoon, about 6,000 people have been forced from their homes.
Although it left no casualties, this eruption, the first since 1971 on this island of about 85,000 inhabitants, caused significant damage: lava flows have already destroyed a hundred homes, in addition to causing many Physical and natural damage. Elizabeth Torres Abreu, Yurina’s sister, says that the house has been swallowed up by the laundry.
At the moment, the volcano has destroyed 166 buildings, and magma covers 103 hectares of La Palma, according to the European Space Monitoring System Copernicus, which posted a satellite image of the island with the affected areas on Twitter.
Authorities are now waiting for the lava to reach the sea, which was originally scheduled for Monday night, but was delayed because lava flows slowed its descent. This contact stresses professionals because of its potential danger, as it can generate explosions, waves of boiling water or toxic clouds, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) page.
The regional government of the Canary Islands has asked the curious not to approach the area and issued a “2 nautical mile exclusion radius” around where the lava is expected to flow.
The volcano spews smoke plumes hundreds of meters high and between 8,000 and 10,500 tons of sulfur dioxide per day, according to Involcan; Despite this, the island’s airspace was not closed off. Cumber Vega has been under close watch for a week due to intense seismic activity, and according to Involcan, the eruption could last “several weeks or a few months.”