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La Plama, Canary Islands, volcano Cumbre Vieja. Modular houses are being built in La Palma

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On Sunday, the authorities of the Canarian La Palma released the land on which wooden modular houses will be built for those affected by the Cumbre Vieja volcano. About seven thousand people who were evacuated as a result of a volcanic eruption will live in them. It has been active since September 19, throwing huge amounts of smoke and ashes into the air.

Modular houses will be built on a plot of 7646 square meters provided by local authorities. In the first place, they will receive two thousand people whose property has been completely destroyed by the lava. The first 30 such buildings arrived at La Palma on Thursday (November 4). About 200 houses of this type are to be delivered there in the coming months. On Monday, 18 of them are to be put into operation. They will be built in the municipalities of Tazacorte and Fuencaliente.

According to the statistics of the Canary Islands government, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano and strong lava emissions led to the partial destruction or total devastation of nearly 2.6 thousand buildings in La Palma on Sunday.


Cumbre Vieja volcano. High sulfur dioxide emissions

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Meanwhile, two days after the volcanic activity decreased, lava emission in the Cumbre Vieja area increased and the number of seismic tremors increased. On Sunday, two earthquakes exceeding magnitude 4.5 were recorded in La Palma.

In a statement on Sunday, volcanologists from the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN) said that despite recent signs that the eruption could end soon, it is currently impossible to accurately predict it. They also pointed to the still high sulfur dioxide emissions by the volcano.

Monday’s lessons in schools in the southwest of the island have been canceled due to harmful fumes from the Cumbre Vieja area.

PAP, Reuters, ENEX, www.telecinco.es

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / ELVIRA URQUIJO A.

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