This record is from 1585: 84 days erupted without interruption. As Cumbre Vieja’s operations continue on the Spanish island of La Palma, it has now exceeded 88 days this Wednesday. The whole of the island is unrecognizable, and in many places it is covered with ash so dense as to overwhelm houses. Find these dilapidated images in the TF1 20H report at the top of this article.
Cleaning up would be a big task, but the small town of Tajuya at the foot of the volcano wants to believe it. Now, three months later, it looks like the volcanic eruption of Cambray Viza is coming to an end. If the inactivity observed in the last 48 hours persists for another ten days, it may be considered officially over.
“To date, the absence of visible signs from the surface and monitoring systems confirms the fatigue of the eruption process, even if volcanic activity and volcanic eruption are not ruled out.”, Maria Jose Blanco, director of the National Institute of Geography (IGN) in the Canary Islands, told the press.
So there is no guarantee that the episode will end. Again this Monday, 33,000 people had to confine themselves under the threat of toxic smoke. Although the main crater appears to be asleep, many holes continue to emit dangerous carbon dioxide-like gases.
In total, 1198 hectares were covered by lava, and the ocean currents formed two peninsulas, expanding the island’s area to 44 hectares and one to five hectares.