The ash can slow down the new runoff from the La Palma volcano and not cause new material damage

But as the technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, the “high density” of pyroclastic material causes the lava to gain in viscosity and slow down.

In addition, the scientific committee observes the possibility that this new laundry will end up joining a closer one and that “it does not do any more damage”.

Refering to laundry that is kept stopped in the neighborhood of La LagunaMorcuende has indicated that he has “a high backwater load” on his rear and that his forehead “can move at any time”.


The spectacular aerial images of the fajana and the lava flows of the La Palma volcano
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The Pevolca technical director has highlighted that there are currently assets four emission centers, adding load to the flows, and that throughout the eruptive process there have been ten, some of which have been activated and closed.

The person in charge of the volcanic surveillance network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), Carmen López, has highlighted the alternation in the last 24 hours of effusive phases and “intense” explosive episodes and the generation of “big blocks” coming from the secondary cone, which caused successive lava spills.

In addition, a change of orientation of the lava channel located at the outlet of the emitting center of the flow has been observed, migrating slightly to the west and then branching out into channels and volcanic tubes. The lava, in any case, continues to flow down the north flank and down through the previous flows.

The scientific committee is analyzing the “notable increase” in seismicity at a deep and, above all, intermediate level, something that the residents of the south of the island and other more distant municipalities are “noticing”.

Likewise, it confirms the “slow trend” of deflation of the terrain at points far from the eruptive center, while the deformation near the cone remains stable.

The latest emission measurement of sulfur dioxide (SO2), carried out yesterday, was 3,200 tons, and the height of the ash cloud, 3.2 kilometers.

The forecast for the next few hours is that the cloud is directed towards the southwest, which favors the operation of the La Palma airport and those of the rest of the islands.

Refering to weather forecast, “weak, scarce” rains are expected in the north and east of La Palma, without ruling out on the west face.

The thermal immersion has been located from 1,600 meters, which “notably favors the dispersion of gases”, has highlighted Morcuende.

Regarding the concentration of gases, on Saturday there were specific concentrations of SO2 in the stations of Valle de Aridane and in Puntagorda, and that of fine particles has “improved remarkably” in the last hours.

The updated data of agricultural area affected by lava is 259.82 hectares, almost 14 more than 48 hours ago, of which 145.61 hectares are banana trees.

The figure of people housed in hotels amounts to 439, 10 more, in addition to 46 other dependents housed in social health centers.


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