The volcano has swallowed 763 homes, and continues its advance with 27 more hectares of lava


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The volcano of La Palma continues to engulf hectares and the life projects of the neighbors, with a destruction that already reaches the 640.27 hectares, 27.94 more than in the last report.

According to the data provided by the director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, according to the Copernicus satellite report there are hectares 1,541 buildings affected, with 1,408 destroyed and 83 at risk, and the number of hectares is 656. On the other hand, the cadastre identifies among these 937 troops, of which 763 correspond to homes, 89 for agricultural use, 45 for industrial use, 22 for leisure and hospitality, 7 other 18 for public use and other types of constructions.

The number of evacuees is around 6,400 people, of which 400 of the total were tourists, so that in relation to the census there are about 6,000 displaced, mainly in second homes and houses of relatives and friends. At the Teneguía Princess hotel in Fuencaliente there are 280 evacuated people, and 9 with reduced mobility have been displaced to different centers, including the Los Dolores hospital.

The streams that broke off from the collapse of the north flank last Saturday continue to have the highest flow of materials and therefore the highest power, with a river of lava that runs further north, with a widening that advances towards the upper part of the urban nucleus of La Laguna and another branch that goes to the sea, with 200 meters that separate you from the coast.

Morcuende has hoped to be able to deliver good news soon, since the arm that threatens the populations of La Laguna «has lost steam“In the last hours and could” abort “, that is, stop permanently.

This wash, which was already advancing at a very slow pace but with a great load on Tuesday the 12th, which made it especially destructive, is at the gates of the Spar supermarket in La Laguna and the Casa Chicho SL feed factory in an evacuated area on the road to Puerto Naos.

Although he did not want to make hypotheses, the director of Pevolca has indicated that “it progresses slowly”, and that after threatening nuclei not previously evacuated “by transferring from one basin to another that sent it to the surroundings of La Laguna” currently “is losing strength«. Meanwhile, »the maximum energy and thrust of the emitting center is gaining the one that runs slightly more to the south« that advances to about 50 meters per hour.

For his part, lava flow that feeds the fajana or low island formed in the area of ​​Los Guirres, in the area of ​​Playa del Perdido, as stated by the director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), María José Blanco, «has been practically inactive«. This fajana is not making significant progress, and remains at approximately 32.7 hectares.

No deformation or fumaroles

Regarding seismicity, the situation resembles the previous days with a seismic swarm that remains slightly to the south and east of Mazo and Fuencaliente, with average depths of 10-15 kilometers and deeper than more than 20 kilometers.

He has aIncreased the amplitude of the tremor, which goes from low to medium. This implies more presence of gases in the magma that reaches the surface, but it is not linked to the volume of magma or the depletion or not of the material, Blanco recalled.

The largest recorded earthquake has been 3,9 3.4 sense of intensity in a very deep epicenter. There is no deformation on the surface in other parts of the island, nor are there any fumaroles, so the possibility of a new eruptive mouth away from the main cone is “very unlikely.”

In addition, Morcuende has stressed that La Palma is a “stable” island and will not suffer a geological phenomenon because there are “absolute stability of the island building«.

A southwestern center is reactivated

The cone already rises to the 1,600 meters, and in it there are different emission centers that have been activated and deactivated throughout these 25 days of eruption. Today, Wednesday 13 an issuing center that had been inoperative has been reactivated the last days on the flank southeast, but has not generated new laundry.

The collapse and structural changes of the cone Eruptive “can continue to occur”, because strombolian activity tends to reconfigure, destroy and create “its structure.

Air quality improves

The air quality has improved in the last hours, and it will be favorable for at least four days for airport operations. On the day of Tuesday 12 thresholds not exceeded safety neither in sulfur dioxide nor in carbon dioxide, with stations that have registered low levels.

At the Los Llanos El Paso and Tazacorte stations, a peak in sulfur dioxide but always below the threshold. It was a one-off rebound and subsided with low levels throughout the day to values ​​of less than 10 micrograms per cubic meter.

The volcanic plume reaches a height of more than 3 kilometers, with a record of sulfur dioxide emission that remains at high values, of 17,774 tons per day, while the carbon dioxide in the area of ​​Cumbre Vieja is 1,234 tons per day. .

A safe island

The problem derived from the La Palma volcano has affected 8% of the island’s surfaceTherefore, the director of Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, wanted to emphasize that “the other 92% of La Palma is safe.”

“We have a problem, which is not small, but only in 8% of the island”, and the rest of the island “is safe“So he has insisted that the quality of the food is the same as before the eruption, especially when it comes to fish.

The airport is active and will have at least four days of favorable conditions, in which all the ash will go to the sea and to the opposite side to the airport. He has called to continue consuming, traveling and visiting the island from safety because “the damage is in the Aridane Valley, and we cannot allow the economy of the rest of La Palma to collapse.”

Many people “depend on these activities” and “we do not want them to suffer financial problems” in an unjustified way, since the island is open to tourism and it can be visited and can be enjoyed “normally”.

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