The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma was active for 50 days today, with no data pointing to a short-term completeness. The natural event that began on 19 September has already forced the evacuation of more than 7,000 residents from nearby areas, of whom over 2,000 are directly affected by having their habitat within the periphery of the volcano.
Of these people with homes in the area of the explosion, 1,576 are residents of Los Llanos de Ariadne, 391 from El Paso and 122 from the municipality of Tazarote. According to the latest update from the Copernicus monitoring done on Saturday afternoon, the lava has so far affected or destroyed 2,719 buildings and infrastructure, covering a total of 992.4 hectares.
On the other hand, out of 2,719 infrastructure damaged by the lava, 2,587 were destroyed and 132 were damaged, while with regard to roads, 73.4 km of roads were destroyed and another 3.3 km could have been damaged.
Air quality is particularly unfavorable in municipalities near the volcano—El Paso, Fuencaliente, Tijarafe and Los Llanos de Ariadne—this weekend. However, according to the latest National Directorate of Security (DSN) report published this morning, the weather remains favorable for maritime and aeronautical operations.
As for earthquakes, the “seismic swarm” is still active south of Cumbre Vieja, where earthquakes mostly occur at depths of 10 to 15 kilometres. However, the eruptive process continues and the lava moves to the northwest without affecting the new surfaces.
Finally, the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) does not consider that there are data that indicate the end of volcanic eruptions will be in the short term, given that earthquakes range from 4.5 to 36 in spite of seismicity. reduction is relevant. Kilometers deepened late Saturday night.
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