The La Palma eruption marks three weeks, leaving almost 6,000 evacuees and 1,186 buildings damaged

The volcanic eruption that began on September 19 in the Cumbre Vieja area, on the island of La Palma, has been active for three weeks this Sunday, leaving almost 6,000 residents evacuated and some 1,186 buildings and infrastructure damaged or lost.

In this sense, the administrations have launched the necessary initiatives to face the housing emergency of families who have lost their homes.

It is estimated that in total there could be some 1,281 buildings / infrastructures damaged, or partially damaged, within the perimeter of the flows – this figure includes homes, tool rooms, swimming pools or reservoirs, as well as other facilities yet to be defined– .


Meanwhile, the eruption continues its course and this Saturday that produced the collapse of the north flank of the volcano after registering a partial rupture of the wall of the cone at dawn on Friday, which has caused the exit of large blocks of material and the appearance of new washes.

According to the report of the National Security Directorate, the most worrying stream is the one located south of the cone, close to the main one, as it is a significant mass of lava.

For its part, the new flows have caused the lava to reach the Camino de La Gata Industrial Park and has reached new buildings and land. So far, the affected area amounts to about 500 hectares.

Regarding the fajana or lava delta, it continues its expansion in a north-south direction, feeding from various points and reaching an area of ​​32 hectares.

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Meanwhile, air quality has improved compared to the previous days and is expected to continue like this during the day, while, regarding seismicity, earthquakes are still located at a depth of between 11 and 15 kilometers with a medium magnitude below 3, so it is not ruled out that they continue to occur.


For their part, the teams involved in the operation amount to almost 800 security and emergency personnel from different institutions of the Town Halls, Island Councils, the Government of the Canary Islands and the Government of Spain, in addition to volunteering.

Similarly, there is a perimeter of exclusion by sea, from the south by Punta del Pozo (Puerto Naos), to the north by Las Viñas beach (Tazacorte), and parallel to the coast, two nautical miles from the littoral, established by the Maritime Captaincy.

In addition, ENAIRE has established two restricted areas of airspace in the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, temporarily until the end of the emergency, in the area of ​​the sea and land below 3,000 feet, to which only State security forces and bodies, emergency services, State aircraft and those duly authorized may enter, which does not affect commercial aviation, which does not fly over these two restricted areas.


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