The north stream of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary Island of La Palma, has reached a new urban nucleus, this time the La Laguna neighborhood, which was already evacuated last week due to the risk due to the proximity of the lava .
The incandescent fluid has already reached the gas station, which has been out of fuel for weeks, and threatens the center of the population, where buildings such as the school, the pharmacy or the church are located.
After the evacuation of this town, they are already more than 7,000 the palm trees that have had to be evicted since the eruption began on March 19. In total more than 800 hectares are covered in lava, while almost 2,000 buildings They have been destroyed and others are isolated.
Another wash about to reach the sea
In addition, after the first wash reached the sea on September 28, this Wednesday a second wash could reach the Atlantic waters. It’s found less than 100 meters from the cliff and is expected to form another new delta for the island.
When their encounter with the marine waters occurs, it is expected that new confinements will be ordered in the nuclei of Tazacorte, San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa, since small explosions and release of hydrochloric acid could occur.
The earthquakes continue
Volcanic activity continues to produce earthquakes. Thus, this Tuesday night occurred the biggest earthquake since the beginning of the eruption, with a magnitude of 4.8, as documented by the National Geographic Institute.
The beginning of the eruption was preceded by a seismic swarm that in less than five days produced more than 4,000 small tremors. Since then, this activity has not stopped and various earthquakes have exceeded magnitude 4, although the epicenter is located several dozen kilometers deep.
One month after the eruption of #LaPalma, the volcano continues its intense strombolian activity. Under the column of smoke and ash over the new mouth opened three days ago, a small volcano has formed, explains the CSIC volcanologist Vicente Soler (@IPNA_CSIC) pic.twitter.com/IxMgdrsV4E
— CSIC (@CSIC) October 20, 2021
In addition, now the Higher Council for Scientific Research is studying the formation of a small volcano on the most recent eruptive mouth, which was opened three days ago: “It is beginning to have slightly different characteristics from what we could strictly call strombolian”, explained the CSIC volcanologist Vicente Soler.
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