The eruption of the Old Summit Volcano in La Palma forces to evacuate thousands of people

The eruption that was afraid for days in La Palma was produced on Sunday at 15.15 hours and has caused massive evictions. With a ston-type eruption (by the ST

The eruption of the Old Summit Volcano in La Palma forces to evacuate thousands of people

The eruption that was afraid for days in La Palma was produced on Sunday at 15.15 hours and has caused massive evictions. With a ston-type eruption (by the STROMBOLI volcano), characterized by alternating explosions with periods of calm, Old Summit began to expel tons of lava by eight mouths and two fissures separated by 200 meters from each other.

In the municipalities closest to the Old Summit Natural Park, the neighbors were already alert after living in a few days thousands of little people, in which geologists call a "seismic swarm", which made lava was climbing towards the surface by The chimney of the volcano. In just over a week some 25,000 small earthquakes have been recorded.

Finally, at a few hours of starting eruption, numerous experts explained that the progress of lava, not excessively fast (about 700 meters per hour), as well as the orography of the land, suggest that the castings go to the sea and that They will not cause great damage to populations. However, it is very likely that forest fires are generated, because the area has a lot of vegetation.

Involc Equipment (Canary Islands Volcanological Institute) Featured in the area have been able to take thermal images of the castings and determine that they have a temperature of 1,075 degrees Celsius.

On Sunday night, some 5,000 people from the plains had already been evacuated, the passage and Tazacorte for the risk of lava left them incommunicado. In addition, 50 people with reduced mobility were transferred to the aquacodes of the strong, attended by the health teams, with the support of the Earth and Red Army staff.

In addition, the Canarian government requested the intervention of the UME. The battalion of this military unit in the rodeos (Tenerife) came out in a vessel towards the palm around at 9:30 p.m. to join the emergency device.

In the hours following the eruption, the evacuations have reached several thousand neighbors, about 5,000 is calculated. The Civil Guard, for example, began to evacuate the population of initiate the evacuation of the neighborhoods of Tacande, allow, the bulb, the lagoon, the rowing and Puerto Naos, belonging to the municipalities of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte, in anticipation of the progress of the lava tongue.

The Ministry of Education, Universities, Culture and Sports of the Government of the Canary Islands announced that it suspends the teaching activity in all the educational centers of El Paso Municipalities, the Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte as a result of the eruption.

What remained open last night was the airspace, according to the public company ENAIRE, which still recommends being aware of the latest news and contacting the airline with which it is expected to travel to the island.

"I am hallucinate and at the same time I give me a lot of fear," he told Efe María del Pino Hernández, one of the neighbors evacuated in Los Llanos de Aridane, aware that he is witnessing "an incredible show, which gives panic".

The level of alert to the population, the so-called "traffic light" went from amber at the red level in just a few hours, and thus remained at the top of alert, which is the one who warns the population that there is a real risk to she.

In an eruption as this, according to the Vulcanologist Joan Martín, the CSIC, the explosive part is not very important and the little piroclast (incandescent rocks that come out fired) that is observed will accumulate in the outlet area. The only problem can be the gases that escape with magma and that can be derived from sulfur and CO2, the last of which is not noticeable, but can cause breathing problems.

Tomás Rodríguez, neighbor of Los Llanos, who lives a few kilometers from the place of eruption, explained to the world that "the situation at the moment is less serious than it is seen on television, because the lava is running through a place where It was already again years ago, and goes on the way to the sea without going through populations. "

According to it, "it is a zone of Malpaís where it has almost not been built, and that is why there are barely a few chalets, some wineries and wooden barracks almost in the sea." Both him and the family of him, at the moment they have not told them that they have to evacuate.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, decided in the afternoon to postpone the trip he planned to New York and moved to the Island of La Palma to learn first hand the situation caused by the Old Summit.

Soon before midnight, the presidents of the Cabildo de la Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, and the Canarian government, Ángel Victor Torres, came out with Pedro Sánchez in his appearance. They announced that at the moment no more evacuations are foreseen, and explained that the lava has already affected eight homes and worries the progress towards the coast.

"My presence compromises the support of the Government of Spain to replenish all the material losses that may occur," said Sánchez, who has called for tranquility to the citizens of La Palma. This Monday he will remain in La Palma.

Sánchez has said that they are "continues communication with his Majesty the king", who could have given first-hand information before appearing.

The new volcano that will emerge from the eruption of this Sunday could contain between 17 and 20 million cubic meters of Magma, according to the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres.

This amount surpasses the 11 million cubic meters initially by technicians, but it supposes less than half of the lava that poured Her Teneguía in 1971: 43 million cubic meters.

Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 18:19

You need to login to comment.

Please register or login.

RELATED NEWS