Since the eruption began on Sunday, lava erupted from the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma has covered 180 hectares and destroyed 390 buildings.
SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, EUROPA PRESS -Lava from La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcano has erupted since Sunday. It has covered 180.1 hectares and destroyed 390 buildings. This building is monitored by satellites under the European Union’s Copernicus Project.
This lava covered 14 hectares in less than 11 hours and has caused 40 hectares of destruction along its path since Wednesday.
Until Thursday night, María José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute of the Canary Islands (IGN), explained that the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma maintained an explosion and a steady rate of deformation. Low-level seismic activity also indicates that the lava flow has stopped.
The other runoff is moving at a slow pace, about 4 m per hour. This is normal for distance from the discharge centre. However, it must drag the previous material which is partly cold and has been adapted to Terrain.
He added that the lava front is about 500 meters long, and in some parts, up to 12 meters; the volcano’s gas column reaches its highest peak at 4500 meters above sea level.
Copernicus will coordinate through the National Emergency Monitoring and Coordination Center, (Cenem), that has the equipment to monitor and track all aspects of the national alert network, including potential risk situations, emergencies, and incidents.
The volcano traffic lights are still on red and, in an emergency situation, the eruption process will continue.