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Volcanic eruption in La Palma: ‘volcanic bombs’ on Cumber Vieja – the next strong earthquake

Volcanic eruption in La Palma: ‘volcanic bombs’ on Cumber Vieja – the next strong earthquake
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The volcano in Cumbre Vieja in La Palma continues to rage. The lava flow is increasing towards the sea and huge pieces of lava are thrown over the island.

Update from Friday, October 8, 2021 at 9.45am: again Strong earthquake and new lava flow: the volcanic island of La Palma does not stop. The Spanish Seismological Institute said the earthquake, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, was the most violent since a volcanic eruption two and a half weeks ago on the Canary Island.

The media quoted experts as saying that the 85,000 earthquake was felt by many residents of La Palma, but it occurred at a depth of about 35 kilometers, and therefore does not pose a significant danger to volcanic activity. The damage was not initially reported.

Meanwhile, according to the regional authorities, a tributary of lava was created. Previously rescued areas have been affected, but not very large. She said farm workers and scientists should have been rushed to safety.

The volcanic eruption of Cumbre Vieja on the Canary Island of La Palma has not ended.

© Miguel Calero / Imago

Volcanic eruption in La Palma: destroyed more than 1,000 homes

Update from Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 10:38 a.m.: The volcano in Cumbre Vieja in La Palma continues to rage. The lava has already destroyed more than 1,000 homes, including that of German Rüdiger Singer. He told RTL that his house was buried days ago by a scorching lava flow.

Singer migrated to the volcanic island 20 years ago. They own a pizzeria with his Spanish wife. Whether the restaurant will survive the volcanic eruption, Singer explains.

‘Volcanic bombs’ in La Palma: New eruption in Cumber Vieja – ‘ash as far as the eye can see’

Update on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 2:56 pm: The outbreak was at Cumbre Vieja in La Palma two and a half weeks ago – so it washed away the tourist areas. In the center of the exclusion zone is Puerto Naos, in fact a popular vacation spot. Right now, you can only see “black ash as far as the eye can see” there. Spiegel.de reports. The volcano is currently emitting huge clouds of smoke and ash. Then it drops its contents onto the island. Puerto Naos is currently not allowed to enter without permission from the authorities.

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Meanwhile, the Canary Institute of Volcanoes Involcan is providing information on so-called “volcanic bombs” – football-sized lava rocks that have been thrown hundreds of meters above the island and into the sea. The volcano becomes more active again, and the molten rock reaches the sea, where it solidifies. To date, a peninsula of more than 33 hectares has been formed. But this continues to grow. Experts are currently unable to predict how long the Cumbre Vieja eruption will last in La Palma. However, it may take weeks.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma spews ash and lava.

© Kike Rincon / dpa

La Palma: Volcano cone collapse – another earthquake on the island

Update from Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 6.42 a.m.: The cone of the volcano on the Canary island of La Palma has partially collapsed, and the lava flow has intensified towards the sea. Spanish state television station RTVE reported on Monday that hot rocks over 1,000 degrees were tumbling down a slope on the same track as before. So additional evacuations weren’t necessary at first.

In Madrid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced an emergency program with aid payments of 206 million euros. Since the eruption began, lava has destroyed more than 1,000 buildings and wreaked havoc on agriculture and infrastructure. More than 5,500 people were forced to leave their homes.

La Palma: the volcano is now “more aggressive” – ​​earthquake on the island again

Update from Sunday October 3, 2021 at 8.45am: The land in Cumbre Vieja in La Palma is restless. According to the authorities, the volcano that erupted on the Canary Island two weeks ago is now “more aggressive”. More fissures were opened on the mountain, from which lava spurted out and flowed towards the sea.

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During the night, the island of La Palma was hit by more earthquakes. Authorities have recorded seismic activities with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter scale a total of eight times. According to experts, earthquakes of this type indicate more volcanic activity in the coming days.

La Palma: new lava flow after a volcanic eruption – thousands of people evacuated

Update from Saturday October 2, 2021 at 8:10 PM: About 3,800 residents of directly affected areas are allowed to leave their homes just two weeks after a volcano erupted on the Canary island of La Palma. Local authorities cited the reason for this as an improvement in air quality, particularly in places where curfews have been imposed in the past few days. These include the cities of Los Llanos, Tazacorte and El Paso in southern La Palma.

However, a stream of hot lava is making its way over La Palma. Authorities said lava, which reached nearly 1,000 degrees Celsius, destroyed more than 1,000 buildings. Since then, 6,000 residents have been evacuated in several villages. “Here you can see a lot of people crying all the time,” German news agency DPA quoted an elderly man at the site as saying.

La Palma: new lava flow after a volcanic eruption – curfew due to toxic gases

First report on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 4:29 pm: La Palma – A new lava flow is making its way on the Canary island of La Palma. In about two weeks Volcano eruption in Cumber Vega* Form a new creek on the slope of the mountain. This was reported by Agence France-Presse, referring to information from the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining.

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Due to the constant activity of the volcano in La Palma, curfews have been imposed on two sites. Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso citizens are not allowed to leave their homes until further notice. The reason is the poisonous gases that could have been emitted from the volcanic eruption. This is stated in the online version of ARD Tagesschau. About 3,500 people were reportedly affected by the curfew.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma: lava reaches the sea around the island

Since the beginning of the current eruption in La Palma, more than 80 million cubic meters of lava have been released. This was stated by the head of the Canarian regional government, Angel Victor Torres. Last week, lava reached the sea surrounding the island for the first time. Since then it has formed an area of ​​more than 20 hectares. This continues to grow and significantly expands the island of La Palma. If lava hits water, it cools quickly. This produces large amounts of smoke and toxic gases, which is why a 3.5-kilometer safety zone has been established.

Volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma: huge amounts of molten rock flow into the sea and form a new peninsula there.

© Saul Santos / dpa

So far, the people of La Palma Island descended lightly. There were no wounded or dead. 6,000 of the island’s population of about 85,000 had to be evacuated. Air traffic to the island, popular with tourists, had to be suspended completely at times. The lava also destroyed hundreds of buildings and hundreds of hectares of banana plantations.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma: The last eruptions were a long time ago

On Sunday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who has already visited La Palma twice since the outbreak began, wants to return to the island.

The volcano last erupted in 1971 and 1949. A total of three people were killed in these outbreaks. Two of them died after inhaling harmful gases. (Dil/dpa) * fr.de view from IPPEN.MEDIA

Rubiklistenbild: © Miguel Calero / imago


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