The Gran Canarian palms
The Cumbre Vieja volcano, proposed as Tajogaite, has already reached the sea. The expected meeting of the lava and the ocean occurred on Tuesday night after nine days of eruption. La colada has found its contact with the sea in Playa Nueva, the same area where the San Juan volcano did it in 1949, without having to mourn victims and damages only of a material nature.
The same did not happen with the Teneguía volcano, which erupted on October 26, 1971 and for 24 days, which although He was more benevolent on his way to the coastHe did not have the same compassion for Juan Acosta, a life that this eruption claimed, which in a few days will be 50 years old.
It was precisely the moment in which the lava from the Teneguía joined the sea when Juan Acosta signed the worst outcome. He was 37 years old and was a neighbor of Fuencaliente. He died after that fateful reunion of the volcano with the Atlantic, at 3.30 p.m. on his birthday and because of the poisoning from toxic gases that produced the thermal shock between magma and water.
Juan Acosta went fishing “on perches” with his brother-in-law two kilometers from the lava flows that were already entering the ocean. The toxic gases made him dizzy and he was unconscious And although his brother-in-law, along with other neighbors, managed to take him to the Llanos de Aridane hospital, he already arrived lifeless.
Two million square meters
Juan Acosta died of poisoning during the process that made the island grow two million square meters, and left his pregnant wife and five children with his death, the oldest of whom was 11 years old in 1971.
He was not the only one. More unnoticed passed the death of Francisco José Felipe, a photographer who went to the site of the eruption of the Teneguía volcano and died intoxicated a few weeks later.
The experience of the Tagoro volcano in El Hierro, just 10 years ago, it was a reliable precedent for what will happen to the sea that has received the wash, its marine life and its impact in the short and medium term. The marine life disappeared from the area days before, while the flora and the richness of its soils were totally destroyed with the arrival of the lava.
The destructive clash between the wash and the Atlantic left the area flooded and caused changes in the seabed, The lava wiped out all the life that could not flee, but only in the short term, since life was born from his own ashes months later, exploding in a new universe of flora and fauna enriched by minerals and new nutrients that the La Restinga area received.
It is estimated that the same thing happens with the area of Tazacorte, with a complete destruction by acidification of the water, elimination of the pH, toxicity in the water and increase of the temperature, for a relatively fast recovery of the marine environment. Predictably, a low island will be created in the El Guirre area, and a new and rich marine environment will be created over time.