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New “lava mouth” and greater explosiveness cause evacuation in La Palma | International

The volcano on the Spanish island of The Palm features a new eruptive mouth and greater explosiveness.

This forced this Friday to evacuate residents who still remained in three of the most threatened areas.

And it is that the explosiveness of the eruption of the volcano of Cumbre Vieja, which began last Sunday, has intensified and is perceived in most of La Palma, to which is added an increase in the expulsion of pyroclastic material.

In addition, the volume of ash emission has intensified, to the point that airlines operating connections to La Palma from other islands of the Canary archipelago have had to suspend your flights temporarily.

Given all this, the direction of the Special Plan for Civil Protection against Volcanic Risk began to evacuate the population that still remained in the neighborhoods of Tajuya, Tacande de Arriba and Tacande de Abajo.

The number of evicted people now exceeds 5,700 people previously counted.

More than 190 hectares and 420 buildings razed on La Palma

Some data in which the latest measurements of the European Copernicus observation system are redundant.

The lava covers 190.7 hectares and has destroyed 420 buildings and 15.2 kilometers of roads in its path.

This means that in just eighteen hours the magma occupies an additional 10.6 hectares of land and it has devastated 30 buildings.

These figures are likely to increase, since Copernicus estimates are based on measurements from the day before.

On the other hand, experts indicate that the most advanced casting -the one that reached the Todoque area, with 1,200 inhabitants- It practically does not move and it is not known if it will eventually reach the sea.

However, the one that was standing still has been reactivated and is carrying remains of the crater after the explosions on Wednesday.

The eruptive column has reached a height of 6 kilometers above sea level and fine ash has already been detected in the next Canary Island of La Gomera.

Seismicity continues at low levels, although the possibility of felt seismicity is not ruled out, and long-period tremors associated with explosive activity continue to be recorded. while it is ruled out that acid rain occurs in the next few hours.

The deformations of the soil continue to show a stable trend and the estimation of the emission rate of sulfur dioxide (SO2) into the atmosphere continues at rates above those 12,000 tons per day.

Aid to those affected multiplies

The damage that the volcano is causing on La Palma is considerable, so the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, announced today that the island will be declared in its entirety a “catastrophic zone” and reported that the Executive will approve immediate aid for those affected.

In addition, work will begin on a longer-term Reconstruction Plan with several fronts: from urban planning and housing to the reconstruction of roads and energy and water supply networks, through the promotion of renewables and the start-up of a tourist relaunch program.

But the aid not only comes from the institutions, but solidarity is evident from the moment the volcano erupted.

An example of this are the farmers, who are putting all their means to help the evicted people, and this, despite the fact that this sector, largely focused on bananas, has an uncertain future due to the eruption and at the moment its activity is practically stopped.


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