Involcan asks for the volcanological center for Tenerife, the island with the highest risk

Image of the last eruption recorded on La Palma in 2021. / igme

The scientific institute recalls that Teide is among the 16 most dangerous volcanoes in the world

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The main headquarters of
National Center for Volcanology It must be located in Tenerife because it is the island with the highest volcanic risk in Spain and Mount Teide is located there, a volcano close to densely inhabited areas that are likely to cause a disaster, Involcan said on Thursday.

The Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands (Involcan) has made this consideration in a statement released "with due respect to all people and institutions that are publicly positioning themselves" on the location of the main headquarters of the National Center of Volcanology.

For Involcan, the fundamental reasons why the main headquarters of this entity must be in Tenerife are based on the fact that this is stated in the
unanimous decisions of the legislative chambers (Senate 2005, Parliament of the Canary Islands 2006 and Congress of Deputies 2009) for the start-up of this entity sponsored by the State, the Canarian Government and the seven councils, with the participation of the two Canarian public universities.

As a result of these unanimous declarations "and the inaction of the majority of public administrations" before them, the Cabildo de Tenerife launched Involcan in 2011 with its main headquarters on the island "waiting for the rest of the administrations to join ", Add.

“Without the existence of the unanimous declarations of the legislative chambers and given the passivity of most of the public administrations before them, the Cabildo de Tenerife would never have launched this entity”, specifies Involcan.

It also reiterates that
Tenerife is the island with the highest volcanic risk in Spain; «say the Canary Islands, the only volcanically active area of ​​the national territory with volcanic risk».

In addition, on the island of Tenerife is the volcano
Teide, declared by the International Association of Volcanology (IAVCEI) and UNESCO as one of the 16 volcanoes of the Decade due to its history of eruptions and its proximity to densely inhabited areas likely to cause a disaster.

This selection of
16 most dangerous volcanoes of the world was born as a consequence of the International Decade for the Reduction of Natural Disasters (1990-1999) declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations, adds the volcanological center.

In addition, he continues, there is documentary support that confirms that the Cabildo de Tenerife has been, over the last 40 years, the public administration most committed to reducing volcanic risk in the Canary Islands, not only in its island territory but also in the rest of the islands. Canary Islands with volcanic risk.

The scientific institution also alludes to the fact that the unanimous declaration of the Canary Islands Parliament not only states that the main headquarters of the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute must be in Tenerife, but also reflects the need for sub-headquarters in the other Canary Islands with volcanic risk.

"As a consequence of this and thanks to the sensitivity of the Fuencaliente City Council towards this issue, the Involcan has had a humble headquarters on the island of La Palma for approximately 10 years," he continues.

After the announcement made by the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, that the Canary Islands will house the Spanish Volcanological Center,
the Cabildos of Tenerife and La Palma have expressed their wish that their islands be the ones to host the new institution. In the case of La Palma, the insular institution recalls that the island is the one that has suffered the most eruptions in the last century.

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