Friday, November 26, 2021

Spain’s La Palma Island volcanic eruption enters eighth week

The eruption of the Cambre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma entered its eighth week on Monday, as powerful as ever and showing no signs of stopping.

From its official Twitter account, Involcan, the Canary Islands Volcanology Centre, reported that huge plumes of lava and smoke and ash have been erupting from the crater throughout the day.

Citing a report from Italy’s Department of Volcanology, Involcane said the minimum height of the volcano’s plume on Monday was 1,600 metres.

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Since September 19, the eruption has alternately increased and decreased, and scientists say the eruption could last up to three months.

But experts have said it is difficult to predict the end of the eruption because the lava, ash and gases coming to the surface reflect complex geological activity deep inside Earth, far beyond the reach of currently available technology.

An area of ​​more than 8,200 hectares between the Cumbre Vieja volcano and the Atlantic Ocean has been declared out of bounds.

FILE – A house burns down due to lava following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on October 27, 2021, on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain.

Lava from the volcano has destroyed several hundred homes and industrial buildings, and scorched hectares of farmland on a large scale. Authorities evacuated more than 7,000 residents and tourists to prevent loss of life.

The last eruption on La Palma occurred 50 years ago and lasted about three weeks. The island of about 85,000 inhabitants is part of Spain’s Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of Africa.

Some information for this report was provided by The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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