Inside La Palma’s Volcano: Pause allows a peek into the crater

Panoramic view of the Cumbre Vieja volcano that continues to spew lava and ash when viewed from Tajuya
A general view of the Cumbre Vieja volcano continuing to spew lava and ash as seen from Tajuya, on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, November 29, 2021. REUTERS / Borja Suarez

December 16, 2021

By Marco Trujillo

LA PALMA (Reuters) – The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma fell silent for a second day on Wednesday, giving scientists the first chance to study the main crater from the brink of it when the eruption seemed to be coming to an end after three months.

A team of scientists collecting gas geochemical data reached the crater at 1300 GMT, sharing the first footage of the interior of the highly active vent, says the Canary Islands Volcano Institute, Involcan. Most of the volcano is not photographed by drone.

La Palma volcano has been quiet since full seismic activity but stopped late Monday. This is the longest period without tremors since the eruption began on September 19.

Although scientists and monitoring systems have detected no signs of volcanic activity, other than occasional and occasional smoke, authorities warn that the next few days will be critical because It is not uncommon for volcanoes to continue spewing lava.

The Eruption Response Committee said that to confirm that the eruption was finally over, “recorded and observed data must remain at current levels for 10 days”.

Geologist Eumenio Ancoechea told Reuters: “The best thing to do is not to give false hopes, for example in the 1949 eruption it stopped for a few days, and then a few days later it came back again. re-enabled.

According to records dating back to the 16th century, the eruption caused rivers of molten rock to cascade down the slopes of Cumbre Vieja for weeks and expand the island’s size to more than 48 hectares, making it the longest eruption on La Palma, according to records dating back to the 16th century.

Thousands of people were evacuated, at least 2,910 buildings were destroyed and the island’s main livelihood, banana plantations, was devastated.

(Written by Emma Pinedo, edited by Andrei Khalip, Alexandra Hudson) Inside La Palma’s Volcano: Pause allows a peek into the crater


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