La Palma volcano update: Eruptive activity remains spectacular, but continues decreasing trend
At the vents, the activity had been relatively calm last evening and during the night, as observers reported not hearing much and not seeing much lava being ejected. However, it likely increased again in the morning, as explosive activity remains significant during phases, when it creates ash plumes that rise up to 10,000 ft (3,000 m) altitude and drift towards the east (where the airport is located, forced to stop its operations).
All the time, lava effusion continues, as the actively flowing lava flows are proving. Besides the spectacular lava flow feeding the new delta, along and partially on top of the flow labelled #7, at least 3 other lava-tube fed flows remain active as well (#1, #2, and #9, which more less have merged into one large lobe).
However, it is likely that the overall flow rate is less than some weeks ago, if this correlates with the volcanic tremor that continues to be at low levels - albeit with short-lived spikes - and follows the general decreasing trend.
Gas emissions although still high have been dropping over the past days to around 900-1300 tons per day of SO2, while total CO2 emissions remain similar as in the past days at 2,000-2,300 tons per day. Similarly, ground deformation has returned to the state before the most recent inflation pulse and associated magma surge during 17-19 Nov, reverting (or resetting) all of the vertical and most of the horizontal ground displacements that had manifested themselves during this period, the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) reported. In other words, the additional magma that caused it, by entering the shallow plumbing system under the vent area, should have all come out by now.
However, despite the clear decreasing trend, a near end of the eruption is probably not in sight yet.
Here are some videos of the activity today:
Más imágenes desde la montaña de La Laguna at 10.20 hora canaria / More footage from La Laguna mountain at 10.20 am Canarian time pic.twitter.com/hwz0nHTU2Q— INVOLCAN (@involcan) November 22, 2021
Imágenes de la entrada de la lava al mar a más 17.15 hora canaria grabadas por un equipo de INVOLCAN / Images of the entrance of the lava to the sea at 5:15 pm Canarian time recorded by an INVOLCAN team pic.twitter.com/APf8ftGEAY— INVOLCAN (@involcan) November 22, 2021
Earthquakes remain at similar numbers and intensity as in the past days. During the latest 24 hour reporting window, IGN has detected 76 earthquakes, with most of them being in the deeper layer below 30 km depth. 6 quakes were felt on the island today. The largest was a magnitude 4.8 quake this morning at 8.09 a.m..