La Palma claims the headquarters of the Spanish Volcanological Center: "It is justice"

La Palma claims the headquarters of the Spanish Volcanological Center: "It is justice"

Recent image captured by IGN scientist Rubén López from a thermal camera focusing on the volcanic edifice. / IGN/RUBEN LOPEZ

Los Llanos and the Cabildo will ask Sánchez to choose the island and not Tenerife. The installation would be part of the recovery after the eruption of Cumbre Vieja

Carmen Delia Aranda

After the announcement by the head of the central Executive, Pedro Sánchez, that the Canary Islands will host the future Spanish Volcanological Center,
a pulse between the islands to house the scientific institution. A struggle between Tenerife and La Palma, whose councils demand the installation of the future center.

Also Noelia García Leal, mayor of Los Llanos de Aridane,
the municipality of La Palma most affected by the latest volcanic eruption, demands that the institution settle in the locality.

«No one can doubt that La Palma would be a magnificent place for the Spanish Volcanological Center, and it would also be fair for it to be created after so many years with agreements in this regard in Parliament and in the Senate and
It would be fair if it were located in the municipality that, in the last century, has suffered the most from the consequences of this type of catastrophe.both with the last eruption and with that of San Juan, in 1949”, Garcia stressed.

The mayor even indicates the place where she could settle:
the Interpretation Center of the Caños de Fuego Volcanic Cavities and Cueva de las Palomas, located on the edge of the new lava flows, in Las Manchas, in a set of volcanic tubes created by the San Juan volcano.

«This center -says García- would be an economic, social and scientific revulsive» that would contribute to advancing in the process of reconstruction of La Palma. In addition, the mayor of Los Llanos estimates that the installation of the Spanish Volcanological Center in La Palma would contribute to decentralizing the activity of the administrations.

We will ask Pedro Sánchez when visiting La Palma and also formally. In addition, we will support the request of the Cabildo de La Palma for this center to be located on the island”, announced García. «No one would understand that it was not located in La Palma. In the eruption, all of Spain turned to the island and now is the time to show that we are all La Palma, "added the mayor.

For his part, the president of the Palma Cabildo, Mariano Hernández Zapata, explained yesterday that
It has already formally requested the central government to install the new research center on the island and that it will take advantage of Sánchez's visit to request it personally next week.

«No one would understand that it was not located on the island. It is time to show that we are all La Palma»

Noelia Garcia Leal

Mayor of Los Llanos de Aridaje

“We will ask for it for three reasons:
La Palma is the island of the archipelago that has suffered the most eruptions in the last centuryeither with the San Juan, the Teneguía and now the Tajogaite; We understand that establishing the Spanish Volcanological Center on the island would be part of its necessary recovery and would be good to put on the table the debate on the decentralization of the Canarian and central administration”, argues Hernández.

The president of the Cabildo palmero understands that the location of the future center is not closed and that the announcement made by the head of the Tenerife Cabildo, Pedro Martín, also intends to apply for the island to host it.

"La Palma is the island that has suffered the most eruptions in the last century"

Mariano Hernandez Zapata

President of the Cabildo de La Palma

«Tenerife offered its support to La Palma from the beginning of the eruption and it is the only island that has opted for volcanological research with its support for the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan), but what is clear is that the last eruptions have had place on Isla Bonita, which offers the largest possible field for volcanological research", highlights the head of the Palm Corporation.

To the intention of the Cabildo Tenerife to host the future Spanish volcanological center,
the initiative of the municipality of Puerto de la Cruz was added yesterday to apply as a possible venue.

After meeting a few days ago with Pedro Sánchez in Lanzarote, the president of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced the installation of the scientific center on the islands and advanced that
location will be announced soon.

However, the president of the Tenerife Cabildo,
Pedro Martín, took for granted the installation of the center in Tenerife in a statement last Tuesday.

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