The volcanic eruption that started on September 19 In the Cumbre Vieja area, on the island of La Palma, this Sunday has been active for three weeks, leaving for the moment almost 6,000 evacuated residents and 1,186 buildings and damaged or lost infrastructure. It is estimated that in total there could be some 1,281 buildings / infrastructures damaged, or partially damaged, within the perimeter of the flows – this figure includes homes, tool rooms, swimming pools or reservoirs, as well as other facilities yet to be defined.
While, the eruption runs its course and this Saturday that produced the collapse of the north flank of the volcano after registering a partial rupture of the wall of the cone at dawn on Friday, which has caused the exit of large blocks of material and the appearance of new flows.
According to the report of the National Security Directorate, the most worrying stream is the one located south of the cone, close to the main one, as it is a significant mass of lava.
For its part, the new flows have made the lava reach the Industrial Park Camino de La Gata and has reached new buildings and land. So far, the affected area amounts to about 500 hectares.
Regarding the fajana or lava delta, it continues its expansion in a north-south direction, feeding from various points and reaching an area of 32 hectares.
Meanwhile, the air quality has improved compared to the previous days and it is expected to continue like this during the day, while, on the seismicity, earthquakes are still being located at a depth of between 11 and 15 kilometers with an average magnitude below 3, so it is not ruled out that they continue to occur.
La Palma is “safe”
The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, has highlighted that the island is still safe and it has “a lot to offer” to visitors, which is why it has encouraged them to bet on the local palm product to help the island’s recovery. “The eruption affects part of the island but La Palma continues to be a safe place that has a lot to offer to those who visit us,” he said this Sunday during a press conference with the Minister of Defense, Margaret Robles, and the Canary Islands Councilor for Security, Julio Pérez.
Here, he emphasized that “now more than ever” it is necessary to bet on the island and its local product “to help us and, together, to recover as soon as possible.”
800 security personnel
For its part, the teams involved in the operation amount to almost 800 security and emergency personnel from different institutions of the Town Halls, Island Councils, the Government of the Canary Islands and the Government of Spain, in addition to volunteering.
Similarly, there is a perimeter of exclusion by sea, from the south through Punta del Pozo (Puerto Naos), to the north through Las Viñas beach (Tazacorte), and parallel to the coast, two nautical miles from the coast, established by the Maritime Captaincy.
In addition, ENAIRE has established two restricted areas of airspace in the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, temporarily until the end of the emergency, in the area of the sea and land below 3,000 feet, to which only State security forces and bodies, emergency services, State aircraft and those duly authorized may enter, which does not affect commercial aviation, which does not fly over these two restricted areas.