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Drastic changes in the La Palma volcano, brings with it damage and more ash

Mariana Romero
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Drastic changes in the La Palma volcano, brings with it damage and more ash

Researchers checking the source of liquid magma that has been emitting for about two months on the Canary Island of La Palma on Wednesday distinguished an apparent change in the ejection, with an enormous expansion of seismicity in the middle depths and a high flow of debris…

These departures, along with the driving of the breeze in the vicinity, may block air traffic on the island starting tomorrow.

The logical representative of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), which organizes the activities identified with the issue, María José Blanco, clarified that from now on the earthquake has increased its rainfall and has reached a medium level.

One of the angles that most stresses in this period of the ejection is the exit of gases and the potential impacts on the population.

The smell of sulfur dioxide has caused "extremely harmful" gas levels in certain spaces, forcing people who worked in the desalination plants introduced for the supply system to be evacuated at 04:00 last morning water around the island.

Recently, the ridge delivered between 2,000 and 3,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, which, although high, are lower than those of the following days and are far from the more than 50,000 tons recorded on September 23.

The diffuse carbon dioxide emanation related to the edge of the Cumbre Vieja ranged between 2,200 and 2,500 tons each day, which, according to the researchers, does not represent a threat to the population.

However, the air quality on the western slope of La Palma is ominous or totally negative in terms of sulfur dioxide and suspended particles of less than 10 microns.

The breeze is expected to drift west towards the end of Thursday morning, in a turn that will cause the haze of waste and sulfur dioxide to drift east and along this line, beginning early Thursday. Until Friday the situation will be ominous for aeronautical activities, mainly at the La Palma air terminal.

The researchers have also warned that probably within a week an Atlantic streak will move towards the Canary Islands, which will mean an increase in the precariousness of the air in the space of the eruptive focus.

Likewise, the logical representative of Pevolca has emphasized that the seismicity has expanded notably at medium levels, and the confined to more than 20 kilometers of depth is maintained, and today the most prominent development has been a tremor of extension 4.7 mbLg registered 35 kilometers and direction with power III-IV.

The most recent information shows that the region impacted by magma is 1,037 hectares, an increase of just 2.84 hectares from yesterday, and the greatest width between magma streams remains at about 3,200 meters.