The advance of the lava flow that runs further northwest from the cone of the La Palma volcano has forced the authorities to decree on Wednesday night the evacuation of a new area in the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane. This decision affects about 15 neighbors who stayed in their homes. The new exclusion area is an extension to the east of the one that was evacuated last Tuesday, and that forced the eviction of some 800 residents. Most of them, Civil Protection sources report, had already left their homes to go to the homes of relatives or friends, so it has not been necessary to carry out relocations, Civil Protection sources report.
The affected people have had until 00.00 (local time) to leave their homes, with their belongings and pets, and go to the meeting point located in the Campo de Lucha Camino León in the town.
The evacuees have been asked to bring their documentation and that of the house, medicines for daily use, mobile phone, charger, flashlight and clothing for several days. From there, predictably, they will be transferred to the El Fuerte military barracks, on the outskirts of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Before leaving their homes, they have also been advised to lower blinds and close windows, exterior doors, and water, gas, and electricity supplies.
The volcanic eruption has generated at least three main lava flows. A first, which according to the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) “has lost steam and has no lava contribution” is the one that has surrounded the Todoque Mountain to the north and south and has reached the sea creating a lava delta . There is another stream that descends with power and that runs parallel to the main one “causing significant damage in the cultivation and residential areas” that is not a concern from the safety point of view because it runs through a previously evacuated area. Currently, it is located about 200 meters from the sea. If it arrives, it could create a new strip.
The third is this northwest arm, which has crossed the small industrial area of Callejón de La Gata this weekend and which led to the evacuation of between 700 and 800 residents on Wednesday in anticipation that it could reach inhabited areas. This is the penultimate order of eviction since the eruption of the La Palma volcano on September 19, and raised the total number of displaced to about 6,800. “It has accelerated in the afternoon,” say Civil Protection sources. The lava flows have already destroyed 1,548 buildings on the Canary Island, according to the update published this Thursday by Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation program. The number of hectares of land covered by magma amounts to 680.4.
The island has registered this morning more than fifty earthquakes, one of them of magnitude 4.5, that is, the largest since the volcanic eruption began on the island. The earthquake, as reported by the National Geographic Institute, has had a depth of 37 kilometers and occurred around 1.30 in the morning, reports Javier Salas.