The area affected by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano rose yesterday to 525.77 hectares of land, so the lava has washed away a total of 1,186 buildings, according to the calculations of the Copernicus program of the European Union, which Yes, it also includes infrastructures such as tool rooms and half-built buildings; the valuation of damages on inhabited or habitable dwellings will be carried out later. This was stated by the technical director of Pevolca (Plan for Civil Protection and Emergency Assistance in the Canary Islands for Volcanic Risk), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, on the same day that the destruction of what was left in the core of the Aridanense neighborhood of Todoque was verified. .
This increase in grievances caused in the Aridane Valley since last September 19, when the mountain exploded in Cabeza de Vaca (El Paso), is due, among other reasons, to the collapse of the north flank of the main cone during the end of week, which caused a spill of large quantities of hot rocks and reactivated the existing flows. One of those paths is the one that has been erasing from the map the industrial park of Los Llanos de Aridane, the Callejón de La Gata, where companies dedicated to very diverse sectors were located, which represents a new blow to the island’s economy, which He tries to recover as the volcano continues to roar. In fact, on the night from Saturday to Sunday, residents of several municipalities said they felt the tremor with greater intensity than usual.
However, although Morcuende acknowledged in his daily appearance that it is “quite unacceptable” for the day-to-day development of the palm trees to have to endure the noises produced by the Cumbre Vieja, the Cabildo assured that this circumstance is not serious. in itself and that is part of a Strombolian eruptive process like the current one. In addition, according to data from the air quality surveillance network, with stations installed in different parts of the island’s geography, this is “reasonably good,” said the technical director, to detail that the levels have not been exceeded. of sulfur dioxide that the regulations mark, unlike other days in which it did approach the limit or even exceed it, such as the night in which the confinement of the residents of areas of El Paso, Los Llanos and Tazacorte was decreed due to the presence of suspended particles that can be harmful to health.
As for the lava delta that formed on the bagañeta coast when the hot rocks came into contact with the water, it has increased in size to 34 hectares. The director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, pointed out that there are two values that can be taken as a reference to estimate the amount of magma that has gone abroad: according to the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan), 39 , 6 million cubic meters, while the calculations made through a satellite program point to about 60. This, in the expert’s opinion, highlights the difficulties of finding this parameter.
Likewise, the weather forecast and the change in winds predicts operational problems in air traffic on La Palma and Tenerife for today, as the volcano’s waste is directed towards the eastern slope of Isla Bonita. And it would not be the first time, since last week flights were also affected, not only by the presence of ash and dust in the environment, but because it spills onto the take-off and landing runways, making any maneuver unfeasible. . That is why, throughout the volcanic emergency, shipping companies have strengthened their connections with the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Regarding the earthquakes registered between Fuencaliente and Mazo, they are located at medium and high depths, in ranges of 35 or 15 kilometers. Hence, it is not suspected that the magma may be undertaking an outward path in said area, on the line From what was exposed on Saturday to the residents of both municipalities, to whom members of the Pevolca conveyed the idea that even if an eruption were to take place, it would give previous indications that would make possible an evacuation with a margin of time. Lastly, the Cumbre Vieja emits 1,958 tons of carbon dioxide and 4,522 tons of sulfur dioxide; values that do not generate concern for now.