Cumbre Vieja volcano began to explode in a different way. The situation is still dynamic and very dangerous. The Spanish authorities decided to introduce a state of natural disaster on the island of La Palma.
The volcano Cumbre Vieja, which erupted on the Canarian island of La Palma on September 19, destroyed nearly 700 buildings by Tuesday afternoon. Experts indicate that its eruption is becoming more and more unusual.
Cumbre Vieja started emitting lava differently
Volcanologists noted that from Sunday to Monday afternoon Cumbre Vieja stopped the emission of gases and dust several times. The total number of ashes discharged from it was estimated at 46.3 million cubic meters, which is three million cubic meters more than during the last volcanic explosion in 1971.
Canarian experts said that since Monday afternoon, the Cumbre Vieja eruption has become unusual, as the method of eruption has changed – from Strombolian to Hawaiian. This means that the volcano has started to explode less, but more runny and fast-flowing lava flows out of the volcano.
Spanish civil defense expects that as the eruption resumes and the lava forms more fluid, it will soon come into contact with the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
State of natural disaster on the island
The Spanish government issued a decision on Tuesday to introduce a state of natural disaster on the island of La Palma. Special grants for crisis situations and other support measures will be sent to the most affected people. The first package of funds amounts to EUR 10.5 million, of which about half is to be spent on restoration and furnishing of houses.
Canary Islands government president Ángel Víctor Torres admitted on Tuesday that rebuilding the devastated regions following the end of the volcanic eruption “will be an enormous challenge.” He also warned that “the worst is yet to come” because the economic and social damage is enormous.
Torres mentioned that many of the people affected wish to stay close to the affected areas, but despite measures, it is unlikely that it will be possible to rebuild all the homes and farms that have been damaged.
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