The lava from the La Palma volcano does not stop offering impressive images. At 2:15 p.m. Canary Islands time lava has overflowed from the main cone of the La Palma volcano, as they were able to capture the cameras of INVOLCAN, although from the National Geographic Institute they assure TVE that the overflow of the laundry “does not pose any risk”, since “it is close to the point of emission and no branches have been opened”.
In addition, the Pevolca Steering Committee continues with the intense monitoring and surveillance of the two lava fronts that are crossing the La Laguna neighborhood, in Los Llanos de Aridane, to anticipate any significant change that requires new civil protection measures to be taken, apart from the evacuations that have already taken place last night and this morning.
The technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, explained at a press conference that Above the primal stream there is another one that is moving in a west-northwest direction, in which there are two appendages: one that until yesterday has had a “high intensity” and “quite a long journey” and that last morning has destroyed the SPAR Supermarket in La Laguna, and another to the northwest that crossed the Callejón de la Gata Industrial Park and that tonight he crossed the football field.
Miguel Ángel Morcuende has indicated that the latest evacuations have been carried out precisely because of the advance of these two front and it has led to the eviction of all the people who still remained in the La Laguna neighborhood. According to the population census, some 400 people have been evicted; However, the technical director of Pevolca has specified that many residents had already left the area voluntarily and had stayed in second homes or in the homes of relatives or friends.
Morcuende has pointed out that both fronts “they are losing strength and ability to move over the territory”. Regarding the front that the SPAR supermarket has destroyed, he pointed out that it is a structure with a lot of volume because it has included a lot of material from buildings that make it difficult to move, since it has lost a lot of fluidity and has gained in viscosity.
As for the front of the soccer field, He pointed out that tonight has been quite fluid, among other things, because the other front had gained a lot of viscosity and was forcing the stream that was coming behind to widen through the north zone. This has made it speed up but it is also packing up more solid matter and losing speed.
Miguel Ángel Morcuende has stressed that it is difficult to know how far these two fronts are going to go, hence, as a preventive measure, it has been decided to evacuate the area to the municipality of Tazacorte. In this sense, asked about the possibility of new evacuations, indicated that they will be done by virtue of what the laundry continues to do, which continues to be monitored permanentlyhe insisted. In the event that the two fronts finally stop, the Pevolca technical director does not rule out that the residents can return to their homes.