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La Palma volcano eruption update: eruption continues with high effusion rates

Wed, 13 Oct 2021, 17:33 17:33 PM | BY: T
View of the active cone this evening (image: live webcam)
View of the active cone this evening (image: live webcam)
Seismic recording of TBT station today (image: IGN)
Seismic recording of TBT station today (image: IGN)
Aerial image of the lava flows approachig the coast (image author unknown)
Aerial image of the lava flows approachig the coast (image author unknown)
Latest lava flow map (image: IGME)
Latest lava flow map (image: IGME)
The eruption continues at high levels with no significant changes, and no end in sight.
At the vent, mild to moderate lava fountains generating ash columns rising to approx. 3000 m altitude, and lava flow emissions continue. The lava flows continue to expand the flow field at various fronts, in particular along the northern margins, where they slowly approach La Laguna.
Volcanic tremor remains high, suggesting that magma discharge rates remain high. According to the latest figures, the maximum width of the main lava flow is now 1,770 meters. 1,408 buildings have been destroyed or damaged, and approx. 6,400 people have been displaced. Most of them found temporary homes with friends or relatives, while a few hundred are accommodated in the Princess hotel in Fuencaliente.
Sulfur dioxide emissions, another indicator of magma supply rate (as the gas is released from fresh magma early on), is very high, estimated in the order of 17,000 tons per day.

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Wed, 13 Oct 2021, 14:57

La Palma volcano eruption update: strongest-so-far quake hits at magnitude 4.4

Seismic trace of TBT station of the quake (black peak; image: IGN)
The strongest so far earthquake, at magnitude 4.4, hit the island this afternoon at 3.33 p.m. about 20 minutes ago. Its location was at approx. 36 km depth under the central part of Cumbre Vieja volcano. Read all
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La Palma volcano
shield volcano 2426 m
Canary Islands, 28.58°N / -17.84°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5) La Palma volcano eruptions:
2021 (Sep - ongoing), 1971, 1949, 1712, 1677-1678, 1646, 1585
Typical eruption style

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