NOTICE JOURNAL / EFE
The indicators that scientists monitor at the Cumbre Vieja volcano, especially sulfur dioxide emissions, suggest that the end of the eruption will not occur in the short or medium term, as confirmed yesterday by the Committee’s spokesperson. Scientist envisaged in the Pevolca (Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan), María José Blanco.
The volcano is releasing a plume of gases 3,000 meters high with high amounts of sulfur dioxide, 17,774 tons per day, and that measure would have to go down to 100 to think that the eruption is coming to an end, said the spokeswoman after a meeting of the directing body of the emergency in which the president of the central government, Pedro Sánchez, participated.
The other two parameters that determine the energy of the volcanic system, the deformation of the ground and the seismicity, also maintain stable values with respect to previous days.
The technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, reported that the lava flow from the north flank of the volcano, which flows to the west and northwest and that on Tuesday forced the evacuation of some 800 residents of the La Laguna neighborhood, in Los Llanos de Aridane, “advances very slowly” and there is a possibility that “aborts, that he will not walk again.”
That wash is 200 meters from the coast, but its northwest arm, the one that crossed the Callejón de la Gata industrial estate diagonally on Tuesday, is the one that “loses steam”, while the wash that moves faster, at 50 meters per hour, and moving south is “the one that accumulates more energy and thrust,” he explained.
The latest data, corresponding to the 12th, indicate that the lava covers 640.27 hectares, 27.94 more than the day before, and it widened to a maximum of 1,770 meters, 250 more.
According to information from the satellites of the European Union’s Copernicus program, there are 1,541 buildings or constructions affected, of which 1,408 were destroyed. The data obtained from the cadastre reduces the figure to 937, of which 763 would be for residential use, 89 for agricultural use, 45 industrial, 22 for leisure and hospitality and 18 for public use.
The eruption has so far forced the evacuation of 6,400 people, 5,700 in the first phase of the eruption and another 700 on Tuesday, but of the total there are about 6,000 residents and 400 tourists who were finally transferred to Tenerife. Of the evacuees, 280 people are housed in the Princess hotel in Fuencaliente.
Weather forecasts suggest that the airport’s operations will not be affected for at least the next three days, because a Saharan wind will blow from the continent, directing the ashes to the west. However, dry air and a probable reversal can be bad for air quality tomorrow and the day after.
In the crater, the only news that was announced yesterday in the daily appearance of the Pevolca is that an emission has been reactivated on the southeast flank, but that it has not led to new flows. Given the dissemination of some information about the island, Miguel Ángel Morcuende stressed that the geological stability of the island building is “absolute”.