Involcan proposes that the new volcano on La Palma be called Tajogaite


The Canary Islands Volcano Institute (Involcan) has proposed this Tuesday the name of Tajogaite for the new volcano erupting in La Palma, due to the aboriginal legacy and the place where the eruptive process began.

However, Involcan has specified in its social networks that the last word regarding the name of the current eruption, which still has no name, corresponds to La Palma trees and palm trees.

Involcan has made this proposal in relation to the commemoration this October 12 of the 10th anniversary of the Tagoro eruption (2011-2012), the underwater volcano of El Hierro and one of the 17 historical eruptions of the Canary Islands.

“We are aware that for some the El Hierro underwater eruption It began on October 10, 2011, but a strong and clear discoloration of the seawater detected on October 12 was the clearest observation of the beginning of this submarine eruption as a consequence of a strong interaction between acidic volcanic gases and seawater alkaline in nature, responsible for generating an unparalleled color palette in the sea, “he says.

The Tagoro eruption (2011-2012) lasted 145 days, the second longest of the historical eruptions in the Canary Islands, and the total volume of material thrown by this underwater eruption amounted to 329 million cubic meters.

Some people ask volcanologists “why celebrate the anniversary of a volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands”, since many people associate volcanic activity as a source of destruction.

Involcan’s answer is very simple, he points out, and it is thanks to the existing magmatic activity in this part of the planet and to the innumerable number of eruptions that have occurred in these islands over millions of years, it has been possible to build the Canary Islands.

Without this volcanic activity the Canary Islands would not have been built and therefore the archipelago society would not have existed, Involcan continues, because although it is aware that volcanic activity can be a source of destruction, especially for the communities that live in the vicinity of a eruptive process, however these time intervals are much shorter than those in which volcanic activity acts as a source of construction, contributing to the socio-economic development of the communities that inhabit volcanic territories.

The 17 historical eruptions of the Canary Islands They begin precisely with that of Tacande on La Palma (1430-1447) and continue with that observed by Christopher Columbus in an undetermined place in Tenerife in 1492.

They continue with that of Crab Mouth (Tenerife) in the 16th century; Tehuyto (La Palma) in 1585; Tigalate (La Palma) in 1646; San Antonio (La Palma) in 1677-1678; Seven Sources-Fasnia-Arafo (Tenerife) at 1704-1705; Arenas Negras (Tenerife) in 1706 and Charco (La Palma) in 1712.

The tenth recorded is the longest known so far, the eruption of Timanfaya in Lanzarote, which lasted from 1730 to 1736.

They follow him Chahorra (Tenerife) in 1798; Tao-Nuevo del Fuego-Tinguatón (Lanzarote) in 1824; Chinyero (Tenerife) in 1909; San Juan (La Palma) in 1949; Teneguía (La Palma) in 1971 and Tagoro (El Hierro; underwater eruption) in 2011-2012.

The seventeenth is precisely the eruption that began on September 19 on La Palma, and for which Involcan proposes the aboriginal name of the place, Tajogaite, apparently the name that the first inhabitants of the island, the Beneahorites, used to name the mountain.

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