The La Palma volcano It does not show signs of exhaustion but, on the contrary, continues to expel lava that generates new flows and increases its power of destruction. A few hours ago the special plan for Volcanic Emergencies of the Canary Islands (PEVOLCA) was forced to order the evacuation of a new neighborhood from the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane on the island of La Palma before the advance of the last lava flow generated by the eruption of the volcano in Cumbre Vieja.
Specifically, instructions have been given to evacuate the area to the south of the Camino de la Cruz Chica at the junction with Camino de Los Campitos, following Camino Morro Cabrito until reaching the LP-2 highway, as reported tonight by the Government of the Canary Islands. . According to the same source, it is estimated that this new evacuation affects a fortnight of neighbors who reside in this area, and who have received orders to meet in the fighting field of Camino León.
This is the second evacuation that causes in just 24 hours the progress of the new wash that has been formed in recent days north of the main one, after this Tuesday afternoon some 800 residents of the La Laguna neighborhood were ordered to leave their homes. And it is not expected to stop in the short or medium term. The indicators that scientists monitor, especially sulfur dioxide emissions, suggest that the end of the eruption will not occur soon, according to Pevolca.
The volcano is throwing a plume of gases at 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, the spokesperson said after a meeting in which the President of the 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, has reported that the lava flow from the north flank of the volcano, which flows to the west and northwest “advances very slowly” and there is the possibility that “it aborts, it 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, a 50 meters per hour, and moving south is “the one that accumulates more energy and thrust,” he explained. The latest data, corresponding to October 12, indicate that the lava covers 640.27 hectares, 27.94 more than the day before, and has widened to a maximum of 1,770 meters, 250 more.