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Volcanic eruption on La Palma: New lava flow on the north flank - massively disrupted air traffic

2021-10-18T10:04:39.880Z

The volcano on La Palma does not come to rest. On the contrary. Now new lava flows are unstoppably paving their way on the north flank of the Cumbre Vieja.



The volcano on La Palma does not come to rest.

On the contrary.

Now new lava flows are unstoppably paving their way on the north flank of the Cumbre Vieja.

Santa Cruz - Thundering sounds of explosions, ash and earthquakes - the volcano has been active on La Palma for almost a month - and it is still unpredictable.

Air traffic had to be temporarily suspended because of the ash clouds.

The ferries to the neighboring island of Tenerife are hopelessly overcrowded.

There are long queues at the port of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma.  

Volcanic eruption on La Palma - New lava flows on the northern flank of the Cumbre Vieja

In the past few hours, the situation on the Canary Island has worsened again.

A new lava flow northwest of the volcanic cone on Cumbre Vieja has emerged.

Experts watch everything very closely, analyze it every day.

Despite everything, it is difficult to make predictions about the strength of the eruptions or the dynamics of the lava flows.

Meanwhile, the volcanic eruption on La Palma lasts more than four weeks.

Again and again the lava flow stalls and optimism spreads - then the glowing lava rolls relentlessly again at about 15 kilometers per hour towards the sea.

The lava masses have circled Mount La Laguna and are moving towards the sea.

On Sunday at noon the lava tongue was 200 meters from the coast.

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Volcanic eruption on La Palma: Experts examine a new lava flow on the Cumbre Vieja.

© Luismi Ortiz / UME / afp

La Palma volcano: More lava tongue approaches the sea

The lava flows have been spreading since 8.30 p.m., the Canarian volcano research institute Involcan tweeted and posted current volcanic photos from the night.

The recordings are fascinating and terrifying at the same time.

When the lava flow reaches the sea, another exclusion zone will have to be set up on the coast of Tazacorte, reports the civil protection.

If the lava, which is about a thousand degrees hot, flows into the sea, dangerous reactions can occur.

Las coladas se desparraman a las 8.30 p.m. por el flanco norte del volcán / The lava flows spread out at 8:30 pm on the north flank of the volcano #lapalma #lapalmaeruption #erupcionlapalma pic.twitter.com/8PMblBtdLc

- INVOLCAN (@involcan) October 17, 2021

Volcanic eruption on La Palma - no end in sight

  • The volcano

    Cumbre Vieja

    on the Canary Island of

    La Palma

    erupted

    on September 19th for the first time in 50 years.

  • Huge lava flows have now destroyed more than 1,800 buildings and almost 790 hectares of land.

  • The Canaries, which also include the popular holiday islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote, are of volcanic origin.

    The Cumbre Vieja was considered a dormant volcano.

"You have to spin very fine" - volcanic eruption on La Palma causes bizarre air traffic on Tenerife

The volcanic eruption on La Palma also messed up air traffic on the neighboring Canary Islands.

Volcanic ash is extremely dangerous.

It can damage aircraft engines and also cause total failure.

For example, pilots and air traffic controllers had to juggle at Tenerife Airport on Sunday in order to still be able to take offs and landings.

"It is necessary to spin very fine," explain air traffic controllers in a tweet and attached a video to the message that makes it very clear.

It is a problem with the operation of departures and arrivals on opposite tracks, so you have to be very careful.

It was a symbol of hope - the “wonder house” on La Palma.

The photo of the small house surrounded by mighty lava masses went around the world.

But the miracle lasted only a few days.

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List of rubric lists: © Luismi Ortiz / UME / afp

Source: merkur

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