A relevant week begins on the island of La Palma, because scientists have to check if the volcano’s eruption is ending, which has now been three months. And it does so with the same signs of exhaustion of previous days, so the ten-day period set by the scientists to terminate it is maintained and this Monday will be five of those days.
In the last hours there have been no news, since all the direct observables on the surface and the data obtained through the surveillance network remain low or null, although the spokesperson for the scientific committee, Carmen López, has insisted on the possibility of a rebound in eruptive activity.
The emission of gases is one more “punctual and sporadic” day and is concentrated in the eruptive centers and the jameos that are generated on the surface of the volcanic tubes.
In this regard, Rubén Fernández, spokesman for the steering committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), has insisted on the recommendation to residents of evicted areas and irrigators to avoid approaching the pouring areas due to the high temperatures and the continuous jameos opening.
Incandescences linked to cooling
In fact, in some of these openings of the volcanic tubes, incandescences linked to lava in the cooling process can be seen, pointed out Carmen López.
The tremor signal remains in the category of “background noise” and seismicity has dropped to “very low levels” at all depths, although at this point the spokesperson for the scientific committee has warned again of the possible occurrence of felt earthquakes. by the population.
Sulfur dioxide emissions in the volcanic plume remain in a low range, between 0.5 and 4.9 kilos per second, which is the new measure used by scientists as of yesterday due to “the weakness and intermittency” of that.
Regarding air quality, the levels are good or reasonably good in all the stations of the island, both due to the concentration of SO2 and microparticles, and there have been no hourly or daily limit values exceeded.
Even so, the concentration of gases in the exclusion zone has prevented access by the south of residents and irrigators this Sunday, both by land and by sea.
The weather forecast points to the possibility of weak rains in the second half of Monday and the arrival of an Atlantic front on Tuesday that will leave locally heavy rainfall accompanied by a storm.
The figures of the volcano
The number of people housed in hotels remains unchanged: 556, in addition to another 43 dependents who are housed in health centers.
The Pevolca has not provided this Sunday updated figures of the affected area or the affected buildings. According to the latest Copernicus calculation, there are 1,241.1 hectares devastated by lava and 2,988 buildings of all kinds.
According to data from the General Directorate of the Land Registry, 1,345 homes have disappeared, and total buildings, including other uses, 1,676.
According to the statistics of the Copernicus system, the kilometers of roads affected are 95.6, of which 92.1 have been leveled.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.