La Palma volcano eruption update: lava flows cut road, threaten inhabited areas, evacuations ordered

dim., 19 sept. 2021, 19:50
19:50 PM | AUTEUR : T
The eruption on La Palma this evening (image: Canaria TV)
The eruption on La Palma this evening (image: Canaria TV)
Location of the eruption site (image: El Periódico)
Location of the eruption site (image: El Periódico)
More and more details are emerging from multiple media covering the eruption in great detail. At 4:33 p.m., a second fissure opened, about 100 meters above the first one that opened at 3.15 p.m.

The Civil Guard has announced that 5,000 to 10,000 people will be evacuated from the municipalities of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Fuencaliente and Tazacorte, as the lava flows have begun to descend down the slope. The neighborhood of El Paraíso has already been evacuated.
Current projections of the lava flows predict they are likely to run through an area near the settlement of Montaña Rajada, following a ravine. "That worries us now," said the mayor of El Paso, Sergio Rodríguez, when interviewed shortly after the onset of the eruption. The main concerns are that lava might reach inhabited areas such as La Laguna, in Los Llanos de Aridane: "The problem is further down, in the Los Campitos area. The lava is advancing slowly. People can be evacuated with relative ease," he explained.

As of now, local press indicates that at least 1,400 people have already been transferred to the El Paso soccer field. In the same municipality lava has already begun to destroy some homes late in the afternoon.

Lava cuts roads, airport closed
The lava flows already crossed the Tacande highway at around 5.30 pm, making the passage of vehicles impractical. La Palma airport has also been closed during the first hours after the eruption, as ash plumes hindered visibility, but later resumed its operations as the ash emissions decreased again.
The alert status of the volcano was raised orange (3 out of 4), and the General Directorate of Security and Emergencies of the Government of the Canary Islands activated the level 2 emergency situation (red traffic light), in application of the Volcanic Risk Plan (Pevolca).

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