A new collapse of the main cone of the La Palma volcano causes a large flood of lava

This breaking of the cone occurs when the volcano enters its sixth week in eruption with new lava fronts and an activity that far from ceasing intensifies, which makes that increase intermediate and deep seismicity, while improving the air quality on The Plains of Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte.

The latest report from Department of Homeland Security (DSN), issued at 07.00 hours this Monday, shows that after the reconfiguration of the volcanic cone there has been a new casting heading south, that runs parallel to one of the first languages.

Meanwhile, the rest of the lava flows "maintain the lava load with a contribution of flow that runs through lava tubes that feed both the original lava flow (delta), as well as two of those located to the north, one, the one next to the Todoque mountain. and the other, in La Laguna, "adds the report.

Regarding the data of surface affected by lava, yesterday Sunday it increased until it reached 852.27 hectares, as a result of the "southern lava spill and the gaps that have been filled in the intermediate areas", although the maximum width between the end points of the flows remains at 2,900 meters.

The DSN also indicates that there has been a increased intermediate and deep seismicity, "with elevation of the magnitudes in the intermediate zone", which has led to the registration of 84 earthquakes on La Palma, three of them, the largest, 3.5 magnitude, two in Fuencaliente and a third in Villa de Mazo.

None have surpassed earthquake of magnitude of 4.9 and intensity IV that took place last Saturday 23 at 38 kilometers deep, for now the most important of those recorded since the volcano erupted.

Regarding the air quality, The thermal inversion above 1,500 meters is favoring the dispersion of gases in Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte and the concentration of fine particles has also improved in the last hours after the end of the sub-Saharan air episode.

Regarding the ash and sulfur (SO2) plume, the DSN reports that its current southwest disposition means that at this time the conditions for the operation of the Canary Islands airports are favorable.


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