The La Palma volcano is at its peak since it erupted and it continues to be exceeded day by day, with constant lava overflows, new emitting points, a increasing seismicity and the greatest amplitudes of the tremor signal in a month.
It could be said that “we are at the starting point or at the time of most activity,” he says. David calvo, spokesman for the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan), and that has already been five weeks since the eruption began in Cumbre Vieja.
Calvo judges “nonsense” the emission of 53,600 tons of sulfur dioxide registered, which accounts for the intense activity of the volcano, which has open five eruptive mouths and various leaks through which I came oute more liquid lava, and ten washes are counted.
In the last 72 hours, events have accelerated, with overflows and partial breaks of the main and secondary cones, the opening of fissures and the fall of “great avenues” of lava that at the moment are running mostly through the original lava flow, which reached the sea forming a strip, which has increased in size.
That greater flow of lava from the wash that swept the neighborhood of Everything it has filled in the islands of vegetation known as ‘kipuka’, and it has razed the houses that had been left unscathed, especially in the Alcalá area.
This extraordinary contribution of lava is also reaching the other two flows that approached the sea, but not close enough to advance on its front.
The rest of the flows are quite slowed down, including the one coming from the eruptive mouth further south, which has been stopped in the Corazoncillo area, in Las Manchas, next to a photovoltaic plant, and the one that reached the urban area of the neighborhood of The lagoon.
The director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, Maria Jose Blanco, has indicated that the new broadcasting centers that emerged in the last hours have “the best direction” so that they do not cause major material damage.
So much so that despite these large avenues of lava, the affected area has barely increased in the last 24 hours by 5.1 hectares, for a total of 906.3, and the buildings destroyed, by 16, for a total of 2,162.
The biggest concern, Blanco pointed out, is that the main cone suffers a great deformation and that influences the direction that the lava rivers take.
Refering to seismicity, the specialist of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) Itahiza Domínguez hIt has indicated to Efe that neither a spatial evolution of the tremors that occur on La Palma nor a clear evolution of the same is seen, with which it is not expected that there will be sudden changes such as new volcanic intrusions.
On Sunday there was “a lot of seismicity” in the area between 10 and 15 kilometers deep. with a very important peak around 4:30 p.m., when the seismicity rose notably and an earthquake of intensity 4 occurred about 10 kilometers.
The scientific committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) insists that in the next few hourss earthquakes of intensity 6 can occur, without the need to adopt more preventive measures than the advice already disseminated to the population because the foreseeable damage that could be caused is the fall of small objects, and the recommendation not to walk near facades or streetlights.
To date, 453 people who were evicted from their homes remain housed in hotels in Fuencaliente and Los Llanos de Aridane.
The Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing of the Government of the Canary Islands, Sebastián Franquis, has revealed this Monday a data that until now was not known: 154 families have lost their only home under lava.
These will have priority in the distribution of flats and of the approximately 200 prefabricated modular homes that the Government of the Canary Islands will buy and install on the land assigned by the municipalities of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte.
In addition, the Government of the Canary Islands has approved this Monday a budget bill for 2022 whose appropriation grows by 624 million, 7.4%, with respect to the current accounts, and which includes, in an additional provision, the initial loan of 100 million euros committed to contribute to the reconstruction of La Palma.
The La Palma volcano newspaper this Monday is completed with the news that the dogs rescued by a group of anonymous people before a drone company did. they are in “perfect condition” and “they were previously in good health”.
This was assured this Monday to Efe by the general director of Animal Rights, Sergio García, who points out that “now what remains is to determine what is done with them”, a decision that “will correspond to the competent administration, the Cabildo in this case, based on the report, make the Seprona “.
“We have no idea how the rescue went“Garcia has admitted; what he knows is that” in this case they called veterinarians, gave a location and the animals were there outside the danger zone, the lava zone where they had been confined. ”
From there, he says, “everything else may be speculation and I think there will come a day when we find out how everything went”, something that, he says, is not the responsibility of his department.