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La Palma: Volcanic eruption leaves “massive catastrophe” – volcanic flow inevitably flows

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Three weeks after the eruption, the volcano continues to erupt at Cumbre Viza on the island of La Palma. Part of the volcano collapsed. Large volcanic eruptions.

Updated Monday, October 11, 2021, at 8.25am: The “biggest catastrophe” has occurred on the Canary Islands of La Palma. The volcanic company “Involcan” of the Canaries reports this. The northern part of the volcano collapsed on Saturday (see report from 10.10.2021).

As a result, experts say the new volcano is flowing with temperatures up to 1240 degrees Celsius. On Sunday evening it was reported that an unused industrial park was filled with volcanoes at a speed of 700 meters per hour. Posts on Twitter show the power of nature:

Among others, an earthquake measuring 21 on the Richter scale shook the region on Sunday (see update 10.10.2021).

Updated Sunday, 10.10.2021, 10.15pm: The eruption of the Cumbria Viza volcano casts doubt on the Canary Islands of La Palma. According to CNN, an American broadcaster about the Spanish Geological Survey, molten volcanoes rising up to three storeys are rolling down a mountain on the island. These volumes were released on Saturday (October 9, 2021) after the collapse of a cone of the Gumbre Viza volcano.

So far, the situation has not calmed down after the volcanic eruption in La Palma.

Ike Guy Rincon / DPA

On Sunday (10.10.2021) there were 21 earthquakes and the largest earthquake on that day was 3.8. Since the first volcanic eruption on September 19, 2021, eight volcanic eruptions have now destroyed 1186 buildings in La Palma, and so far 493 hectares of land has been swallowed up by lava. Of the total 83,000 people on the Canary Islands of La Palma, more than 6,000 have so far been brought safely from the volcano.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma damages tourism, infrastructure and banana cultivation

The volcanic eruption in La Palma is not only damaging the infrastructure and tourism on the Canary Islands. Banana cultivation has also been badly affected. Half of all islanders live in it, directly or indirectly. Prohibited air traffic has been added to this – according to official estimates, air traffic may be affected again due to the gray cloud on Monday, and the airport in Tenerife may also be affected.

The Cumbre Viza volcano in La Palma did not rest – on the contrary.

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First Report Sunday, October 10, 2021 12.50pm: La Palma – The Canary Islands of La Palma are still suffering from the devastating effects of a volcanic eruption. In mid-September, the Gumbre Viza volcano erupted for the first time in 50 years. Since then, the Spanish island has been shaken by repeated earthquakes and the entire area has been devastated by newly formed volcanic eruptions – an end not yet in sight.

Volcanic eruption at La Palma: Gray clouds several kilometers high

After the already large volcanic eruption from the volcano, the northern part of the volcanic eruption at Gumbre Vijaya collapsed, thus forming a new volcanic eruption. The affected area had previously been evacuated. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. This created a side current of lava that destroyed many parts of it.

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In addition, the volcano constantly spits out ash and smoke. Gray clouds sometimes reach a height of three and a half kilometers. As a result, flights had to be suspended until further notice on October 7 – airport operator Ana explained on Twitter that the airport was “not functioning” due to the gray layer on the taxiway. A bitter end for the tourism industry, which has already suffered huge losses due to several cancellations since the eruption.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma: Already several hundred million euros have been damaged

But the island’s infrastructure and agriculture have been hit hard since the eruption of Gumbre Viza. The damage is currently estimated at around 400 million euros. About 1150 were destroyed by lava going to sea. 6,000 people were forced to flee their homes – but no one was injured in the blast.

So far, the situation has not calmed down after the volcanic eruption in La Palma.

Ike Guy Rincon / DPA

The cat trapped in the empty pond caused a great stir online. There is a volcano around the pond. An animal welfare organization was involved and asked to help feed the cat by drone until it was released from the pond. (tt / tab)

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