La Palma Eruption
After many days of earthquakes on La Palma, there was an eruption this afternoon.
There is a lot of local TV coverage and social media coverage.
Residents have had their bags backed for the last couple of days ready for an evacuation.
News update. 19 09 21 23:44
La Palma 85,000 inhabitants. Large columns of smoke, ash and lava flowed from several points of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which had been placed under high surveillance for a week due to intense seismic activity.
On Sunday evening, the authorities, who raised the alert level to maximum, had evacuated to temporary shelters some 1,300 people living in the villages closest to the volcano. In total, between 5,000 and 10,000 people should be evacuated from several municipalities. Several houses were affected by the lava and several roads were cut off.
No casualties were reported and it was "fortunate" that the eruption took place "in a depopulated area" of La Palma.
On RTVCanaria, the impressive images showed lava jets rising to several tens of metres high.
"The eruption began in the area of Cabeza de Vaca, in El Paso" shortly after 3pm local time, the island's local government (cabildo) said on its Twitter account. "The population is asked to exercise extreme caution and stay away from the eruption area to avoid any unnecessary risk," it added.
According to the projections of the government of La Palma, the lava flows descending from the volcano, located in the centre of the island, should go towards the sea in the south-west of the island, passing through inhabited areas now evacuated and wooded, which makes fear of fire outbreaks.
The volcano continues to erupt and the magma is making it's way to the sea. Nearly 200 homes have been destroyed. The ash cloud is not expected to affect Fuerteventura because of the wind direction.
The lava now covers an area of 153 hectares, an increase of 50% in the last 12 hours, and has destroyed 320 buildings.
The lava flow is moving at 200 metres per hour as it goes towards the sea. It's about 10 metres thick and has a temperature of 1,100 degrees C.
People are continuing to move out personal possessions and furniture from their houses which are under threat from the advancing lava.
There are collections of food, clothing etc going on, and other fundraising events on Fuerteventura and the other islands.
The volcano is still very active. There have been a series of explosions in the crater this evening and the ash cloud has reached 10,000 feet.
More people have been evacuated today. A live feed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFEZACRRJBk
The main cone has now broken apart and this has caused more lava flows.
La Palma airport has now been closed.
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"The airport of La Palma is operational again", announced on Twitter the Spanish airports management company (Aena), saying that this reopening had been made possible by the work "to clean up the ashes" carried out during the night.
Flights can therefore resume, "with the prior agreement" of the air traffic control authorities, the Aena added, advising travellers to consult their airline to find out about their flight before going to the site. On Sunday afternoon, flights to and from La Palma were still suspended pending an improvement in the situation.
The lava is expected to reach the sea today. People are being told to stay inside because of possible effects when it hits the sea water.
The lava now covers 212 hectares, has destroyed more than 500 buildings, most of them homes, and caused the destruction of 16.4kms of roads on the island.
After a quiet period this morning, the volcano erupted with more force this afternoon.
The lava reached the sea during the night.
Latest update : Involcan and the IGN inform that the lava from the La Palma volcano has begun to form ground in the sea with a delta 500 metres wide and, for now, the wind is keeping the water vapour and possibly toxic gases generated by the contact between the lava and the seawater, away from the island.
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A new eruptive ‘mouth’ has opened 400 metres north of the main one in the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma this morning, creating a new path through which lava is flowing, placing new areas of the island in danger of being consumed by the new flows.
This has been confirmed this lunchtime (Friday) by Manuel Nogales, a delegate of the CSIC, who said during an interview with Radio Televisión Canaria (RTVC) that "this is not good news because these new lava flows are taking a different path down the slopes than the previous ones, and are on course to affect more buildings, roads, and infrastructure on the island.”
In the last few hours, two new lava flows have formed that are heading west, according to the IGME. Currently, these streams are advancing through two ravines and the question is whether they will converge with the main lava stream or not.
The technical director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, explained that at around 10am this morning, the lava crossed the LP-212 highway and it continues to move towards lower levels. Scientists are already monitoring this new flow and are close to having a mathematical model of the probability of its course.
In addition, he pointed at that sulphur dioxide emissions are increasing but, at the moment, they do not pose a health risk to the public.