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La Palma, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. A large influx of tourists, road difficulties

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Tourists flock to La Palma, where the volcano Cumbre Vieja erupted more than a month ago. This led to the blocking of two roads, according to a Canarian newspaper on Wednesday. Even more visitors are expected over the long All Saints Day weekend.

The authorities of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands estimate that the lava, which has been abundantly active since September 19, is already deposited on almost 70 kilometers of La Palma’s roads. The lava has already covered almost 900 hectares, destroying two thousand buildings and many banana plantations. So far, seven thousand people have evacuated.

Tourists in La Palma

The daily “Canarias7” reported on Wednesday about a massive influx of tourists near the eruption site of Cumbre Vieja and traffic checks. The newspaper said that increased tourist traffic led to the blocking of two key roads on the island on Wednesday afternoon. It is about the LP-2 and LP3 roads, where people stop to watch an eruption. The services urge people not to park on roadsides.

The daily expects the upcoming long All Saints Day weekend to increase the number of tourists interested in watching the volcano erupt.

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People watching the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcanoPAP / EPA / MIGUEL CALERO

The Canarian authorities also warn against the increasing emission of smoke with ashes, as a result of which some flights to La Palma were canceled on Wednesday. They indicate that once again the volcano emitted over 37,000 tons of sulfur dioxide in just one day.

Volcanologists also recorded more than five earthquakes that occurred during Wednesday afternoon – the strongest with a magnitude of 4.8.

Landscapes after the volcanic eruption in La PalmaReuters

PAP, canarisa7.es, Reuters

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / MIGUEL CALERO

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