Very fluid lava continues to feed lava flows over 30 meters high on La Palma


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La Palma volcano pouring zone 3 is still fed and very active «generating problems«, As it opens to the south in its parallel course with stream 9. Upon reaching a flat area» it has puffed up «destroying cultivation areas, with a much more fluid and abundant supply of lava in the last hours.

The rest of the casting areas without problems witnesses have been put and they have not moved, as indicated by the technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende. “A change in the morphology of the cone could make us unhappy again”, has warned.

The area of stream 3 has reached stream front 9 and opens to the south and it continues to be under constant surveillance, although “it is practically unchanged in the last hours.” For now, it has not affected the access road to Puerto Naos, which is still open, mainly for emergency operations and workers, but surveillance is being maintained. Pevolca has requested the concession of a new highway to supply the service in these localities, which are being affected or could be seen with this wash near the road.

The more fluid and more abundant lava is making the oldest flows grow in height, in a trend of “pouring over pouring” than in zone 1 already exceeds 30 meters in height at various points.

The situation right now is “of stable parameters”, with a seismicity that has decreased in number of earthquakes and in magnitudes, as well as the measured emission of sulfur dioxide in the volcanic plume, although, as indicated by the director of the IGN , María José Blanca, «the volume of ash, explosions and lava flow is more abundant«, And that» is not decreasing «. As he has pointed out, “it must be a trend maintained over a stable time of all the parameters to be able to affirm any relevance in this decrease”.

The damage is “very great”

According to the latest data from the Copernicus satellite, the condition is “very great”, Morcuende lamented. The program records 963.73 hectares affected, almost a thousand hectares “a very great damage and in inhabited and cultivated area.”

Is about 2,562 buildings destroyed and 146 at risk, for a total of 2,708 affected. With regard to cultivation, there are already more than 280 hectares, more than half, 156, of banana, in addition to 58 of vineyards and 23 of avocado.

The rate of sulfur dioxide plume is decreasing for 5 days (7,700 tons per day), but it remains “very high”, so it is far from being “that magnificent news that we expect.” The diffuse emission of carbon dioxide in the Cumbre Vieja building is 1,450 tons per day.

The base of thermal inversion is lower and it hinders the dispersion of gases and particles when reaching about 600 meters and there is a small and more pronounced probability tomorrow, Monday, that the ash cloud will affect the operation of the airport. The cloud reaches 4,500 meters high today, Sunday the 31st. For its part, air quality thresholds related to sulfur dioxide have not been exceeded and there has only been a rebound in the concentration of particles below 10 microns, PM10 in Los Llanos, during the early hours and at 10 in the morning, which has covered ‘the western part of the island with a Ash rain«White has pointed out.

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