#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: On Wednesday, the volcanic Canary Island was hit by a staggering 2300 earthquakes. The previous two weeks had seen the number of earthquakes each day drop to below the 200 mark. Experts are monitoring the situation carefully to see if it is a one-off spike or if the volcano’s activity is changing.
#AceDailyNews UPDATE Report: LA PALMA has been rocked by more than 300 earthquakes in 24 hours as scientists say the volcano may be entering a new phase of eruptions according to Express News By Callum Hoare 10:25, Thu, Nov 18, 2021 | UPDATED: 13:00, Thu, Nov 18, 2021
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But it comes as there had been a downward trend in several indicators of the volcano’s activity, including seismicity.
In fact, the total number of daily earthquakes had been below the 200 mark since 28 October and had been below 100 for almost a week.
The last time numbers were seen this high was on 14 September, when more than 300 earthquakes were recorded.
At that time, a third of the movements had a magnitude of less than 2, while the rest were between 2 and 3.
This Wednesday, two-thirds of the earthquakes were at magnitudes 2 to 3 and the remaining third at 3 to 4, with one earthquake above 4.
It comes after the volcano claimed its first victim, two month after it first started erupting.
On Saturday, local news outlets reported that a 72-year-old man died at a family home between the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridan.
While both towns have been evacuated since the volcano began erupting in September, the man, whose name has not been released, was given special permission to be in the area by local authorities as part of a volunteer cleanup crew.
Experts are still determining the exact cause of death, but the man was found inside a family home with a hole in the roof.
It is thought that he may have fell through the roof while cleaning ash off it.
Authorities said that there have been several similar accidents of people falling off roofs while attempting to clean ash.
Miguel Ángel Morcuende, a director at Pevolca, the national emergency committee running the volcano response, told Spanish newspaper El Pais that there’s a chance the man may have suffocated in the ash after his fall.
He said:“Professional cleaning staff are working at all times.
But it is evident that this is not enough and it is clear that many locals want to clean their roofs.”
The volcano has had a huge impact on the residents and geography of the islands over the course of its longest eruption in nearly 350 years.
It is continuing to change the landscape of the island, including creating a new portion of the island off the southwest coast where lava is meeting the sea.
Satellite photos released from the European Space Agency on Sunday show how new lava flows that began in November are making new deltas in the Atlantic Ocean as the molten rock enters the water and cools off.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.04: The #earthquake was recorded at 07:27 GMT. The epicentre was located southwest of Villa de Mazo at a depth of 35 kilometres (21.7 miles). The quake was felt throughout La Palma and in some towns on the islands of La Gomera and Tenerife.
The quake was preceded by another one of 4.8 magnitude several seconds before. The islanders perceived the earthquake as more prolonged, since the effects of the two strikes were mixed, the institute reported.
The quake comes as part of a series of tremors that have shaken the island in recent weeks.
The La Palma volcano, Cumbre Vieja, began erupting for ten consecutive days on 19 September. On the night of 29 September, the lava reached the ocean and formed a ledge, having covered an area of almost 900 hectares. As a result of the eruption, nearly 2,000 buildings were damaged, and 7,000 residents were evacuated.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.25: Harrowing footage below has been captured the moment a house owned by a British couple is swallowed up under a river of red-hot lava on a volcanic island.
#AceDailyNews says according to MailOnline Report: Approximately 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on the island out of a population of some 83,000 …
Terrifying moment La Palma house is swamped with 1075C molten lava which brings it tumbling down …….Just 29 minutes elapsed from the moment the stream of molten rock reached the property’s garden and brought the three-storey villa, on the Spanish island of La Palma, crashing to the ground.
Spanish news website NIUS reported the house belonged to a British couple who ‘only visit the island during the winter’.
In the footage, a man can be heard screaming: ‘The wall is beginning to break’ in Spanish, as the river of molten rock can be seen creeping closer towards the property.
Cracks first started appearing along the outer walls of their home after just 14 minutes, with waves of 1967F (1075C) lava streaming out onto the road in Los Llanos de Aridane and eventually bringing the entire house toppling down.
The lava engulfed a palm tree on the way, bringing the house down amid a plume of white smoke at 8.15pm local time exactly 29 minutes after it destroyed the wall ringing the three-storey villa.
Just the top of the house remained as the rest of the property was quickly destroyed amid the fiery inferno that first began when the Spanish island’s Cumbre Vieja volcano first erupted more than a month ago.
Since September 19, more than 2,000 buildings, and 1,300 homes, have been lost due to the eruption as locals warn of an impending aid crisis striking at the heart of their community.
Cracks first started appearing along the outer walls of their home after just 14 minutes, with waves of 1967F (1075C) lava streaming out onto the road in Los Llanos de Aridane and eventually bringing the entire house toppling downStunning footage of smoke and lava spilling out of La Palma volcano
The British couple said to own the house in Los Llanos de Aridane which was filmed disappearing are not thought to have been on the island at the time.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had previously said he would help rebuild the island, adding that it was safe for tourists to visit.
His Government has promised 206million euros (£175million) of aid to help those directly affected by the volcanic eruption.Spain’s PM Sanchez pledges 63m euros in aid to volcano-hit La Palma
Footage shows homes being devoured by river of lava in La Palma
On Thursday, it emerged four Brits had been identified by police for breaching checkpoints near the La Palma volcano to take selfie pics they posted on social media.
Officials said the muscled men, who showed off their biceps as they grinned in front of lava in shorts and T-shirts, could face prosecution for a crime of disobedience.
One of the group of four identified locally as a culprit posted a photo of himself sweating near the burning lava alongside a message boasting: ‘We had to cover to sneak round the army and police.
‘It was a full SAS mission with roadblocks, search points and animals to dog in pitch black.’
In another message he added: ‘Took a plane, a rental car, a ferry, and a five hour night hike around the army’s roadblocks but we f***** did it. Once in a lifetime s***.’
The footage was revealed as as mother Nikki Batley, 46, originally from Essex, fled her house in the town of Todoque in La Palma with her 11-year-old son John when a series of earthquakes triggered an eruption on the Cumbre Vieja ridge.
Like many others on the islands, Mr Batley said the family have no insurance and will be forced to start again ‘from zero’ if their house is consumed.
Describing the moment the volcano erupted last month, she said: ‘I honestly have never in my entire life felt so terrified.
‘When the mouth of the volcano opened, it is literally directly above us…
‘My partner immediately called saying, it’s exploded, it’s right above where you are, get out now. I had to get my mother-in-law, keep her calm, get my dog and my son and we legged it.’
Ms Batley – a musician and English teacher – has lived on the island since 1998 after moving there from her hometown of Harlow.
She met husband Pedro – a chef – 15 years ago, and the couple live with his mother in the house that she grew up in.
The 81-year-old woman was at home on the day of the eruption, with Ms Batley saying she was ‘in such a state’ as she was forced to leave the house behind.
In other developments, a daring mission using nets flown in by drones had been planned by animal activists Leales.org to rescue pets stuck on the volcanic island in the coming days.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.04: The new fissures, about 50 feet apart, sent streaks of fiery red and orange molten rock down toward the sea, parallel to an earlier flow that reached the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week forcing thousands to evacuate….
#AceDailyNews reports on the ‘Aggressive’ volcano off La Palma blows open TWO new fissures have opened in the erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, spewing lava and ash into the air, with 1,000 buildings destroyed so far according to MailOnline
Newly opened crack in volcano carves new path of lava down island
Volcano in La Palma, Spain has two new mouths spewing lava
Lava from the new vents is carving a different path from previous flows and raising fears of more destruction, while fine ash forced islanders to don masks and goggles.
The volcano was ‘much more aggressive,’ almost two weeks after it erupted on La Palma, said Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands’ emergency volcano response department.
Overnight, scientists recorded eight new earthquakes up to magnitude 3.5.
The eruption was sending gas and ash up to almost 20,000 feet (6,000 metres) into the air, officials said.
The prompt evacuation of more than 6,000 people since the September 19 eruption helped prevent casualties.
Meanwhile, a new area of solidified lava where thFe molten rock is flowing into the sea extends over more than 20 hectares.
Officials were monitoring air quality along the shoreline.
La Palma residents forced to stay home due to worsening air quality
Sulphur dioxide levels in the area rose but did not represent a health threat, La Palma’s government said.
However, it advised local residents to stay indoors.
It also recommended that people on the island wear face masks and eye protection against heavy falls of volcanic ash.
The volcano has so far emitted some 80 million cubic meters of molten rock, scientists estimate, more than double the amount in the island’s last eruption, in 1971.
The lava has so far destroyed or partially destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, including homes and farming infrastructure, and entombed around 709 hectares.
La Palma, home to about 85,000 people who live mostly from fruit farming and tourism, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwest Africa that is part of Spain’s territory.
The island is roughly 22 miles long and 12 miles wide at its broadest point.
Life has continued as usual on most of the island while the volcano is active.
Seen from Space: La Palma volcano lava flowing into Atlantic Ocean
Since erupting on September 19, lava flowing from the volcano has destroyed more than 800 buildings, as well as banana plantations, roads and other infrastructure.
After meandering downhill to the coast for nearly 10 days, the lava reached the ocean just before midnight on Tuesday, less than a mile west of Tazacorte.
On reaching the water, the lava cools rapidly, binding to the cliffside and enlarging the island’s territory and has created a rocky outcrop more than 546 yards wide.
Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme, said on Thursday that its satellite imagery showed a D-shaped tongue of molten rock building up on the island’s western shore measured 338 hectares (835 acres) by the end of Wednesday.
A river of red-hot lava snaked downhill from the new fissure, which burst open late on Thursday around 1,300 ft to the north of the primary eruption site.
Multiple vents have opened since the volcano began erupting on Sept. 19 but the Canaries Volcanology Institute described the latest opening as a new ‘focus of eruption’.
‘There is concern about the path of this new flow towards the sea, although it is expected to join up with the previous one within the next few hours,’ said the head of La Palma’s council, Mariano Hernandez Zapata on Friday.
He said more houses had been engulfed by lava overnight on Thursday.
‘We have more drama ahead, more people to take care of,’ he told a news conference.
Sun rises over lava gushing from La Palma’s volcano in Spain
‘It is a calamity’: Dark day for La Palma residents as ash rain falls
The volcano has thrown out 80 million cubic metres of molten rock, regional leader Angel Victor Torres said, doubling the amount expelled during La Palma’s last major eruption 50 years ago in half the time.
Residents of Los Llanos de Aridane, one of the worst affected towns, have taken to carrying umbrellas and wearing eye protection as a precaution against the volcanic dust blanketing the streets and floating in the air.
‘Last night the ash was irritating my eyes a lot, I had to use eye drops and my skin was stinging,’ said Matilde Gonzalez Tavarez, a 45-year-old nursing assistant visiting her mother at a care home in Los Llanos.
‘It’s helplessness, fear, insecurity. You don’t know what’s going to happen,’ she said, while street cleaners brushed away the carpet of black ash behind her.
Juan Antonio Perez Gonzalez, 56, who runs a floristry business in the town, fears the worst is yet to come.
‘I can’t put a good face on it or give you good news because this is a calamity,’ he told Reuters on Friday. He said many of the townspeople were preparing to pack up and leave.
Trade winds typical of Spain’s Canary Islands were helping dispel the plumes of water vapour and toxic gases that result when the lava, with a temperature of over 1,000C (1,800F), meets the ocean, where the water is 22C (71.6F).
But authorities were on alert as Spain’s weather forecaster, AEMET, indicated that the wind’s direction could change later on Thursday and bring the toxic plumes towards the shore and further inland.
The hydrochloric acid and tiny particles of volcanic glass released into the air can cause skin, eye and respiratory tract irritation.
The direction the lava flow could take was also a source of concern.
Molten fluid emanating from the volcano that first erupted on September 19 was still running downhill like a river and tumbling over a cliff into the Atlantic.
But uneven terrain could make the lava overflow its current path, spread to other areas, and destroy more houses and farmland.
At least 855 buildings and 19 miles (30km) of roads, as well as other key infrastructure, have been wiped out so far.
Banana plantations that are the source of income for many islanders have also been either destroyed or damaged by volcanic ash.
Residents of Spain’s La Palma were struggling on Thursday to come to terms with the devastation wrought by the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has been ejecting a destructive cocktail of ash, smoke and lava for more than 10 days.
La Palma resident Carmen Rodriguez, who lost her home in the village of Todoque, was caught off guard by the advancing column of molten rock and was struggling on Thursday to come to terms with the devastation.
‘We never thought that the volcano was going to reach our house, never,’ she said, recalling how she rushed to salvage belongings during a last-minute evacuation before the lava engulfed her home.
‘There were so many people and difficulties, there was a queue. Thankfully we were able to take the washing machine, the fridge and a cooker that I recently bought.’
‘I only ask that they give us a place to live, that they give us a habitable house, nothing more,’ she said.
No casualties or injuries have been reported among La Palma residents since the eruption began.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.26: (AP) — The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down Saturday because of an ash cloud spewing out of a volcano that has been erupting for a week, and scientists said another volcanic vent opened up, exposing islanders to possible new dangers:
#AceDailyNews says that La Palma Island Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Flowing to Residential Buildings and intensity of the eruption that began Sept. 19 has increased in recent days, prompting the evacuation of three additional villages on the island, part of Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off northwest Africa. Almost 7,000 people have been forced to abandon their homes: The recent volcanic eruption is the first since 1971 on La Palma, which has a population of 85,000.
The eruption engulfed 410 acres of land and destroyed about 350 homes
Some experts suspect that the lava’s heat at a scorching 1,800 degrees could trigger landslides or explosions and release toxic gases when it reaches the ocean and collides with the ocean water.
On September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma Island exploded into a fury of red plumes and smoke that spewed lava 14,000 feet into the air, Renata Brito and Barry Hatton report or the Associated Press.
The volcano’s eruption is the first in 50 years in the Canary archipelago located off the northwestern coast of Africa, Raphael Minder reports for the New York Times. The stream-like lava flow engulfed nearby forests and homes, forcing 5,000 locals and 500 tourists to evacuate, Scott Neuman reports for NPR. The eruption followed a week of seismic activity where more than 22,000 tremors were reported, per Borja Suarez for Reuters.
“When the volcano erupted today, I was scared. For journalists, it is something spectacular, for us, it is a tragedy. I think the lava has reached some relatives’ houses,” Isabel Fuentes, a resident told Spanish television TVE, Reuters reports. “I was five years old when the volcano last erupted (in 1971). You never get over a volcanic eruption.”
La Palma is the smallest of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Just before the eruption, a 3.8 magnitude earthquake shook the island, reports the New York Times. Since the volcano’s eruption, streams of lava from five fissures on the side of the volcano continued to spill out. On the first day following the eruption, lava was moving at a whopping 2,300 feet per hour, reports the Associated Press. One 2,000-foot-wide lava stream finally slowed to 13 feet per hour after reaching a plain on Wednesday, per AP.
Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A volcano on a small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean erupted on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people. pic.twitter.com/CKx3ygb4T0— Emilio Morenatti (@EmilioMorenatti) September 23, 2021
Since the volcano’s eruption, streams of lava from five fissures on the side of the volcano continued to spill out.
By Thursday, September 23, the lava flow’s advancement slowed, along with the seismic activity, but molten rock was still spewing from the volcano, per the Associated Press. Nearly 26 million cubic meters of molten rock have been emitted so far. Some experts suspect that the lava’s heat at a scorching 1,800 degrees could trigger landslides or explosions and release toxic gases when it reaches the ocean and collides with the water, reports Tereza Pultarova for Space.com.
“The lava is advancing very slowly because it cools in contact with the atmosphere, through friction with the ground and building materials and, above all, because its front edge is widening out,” explains Starvos Meletlidis, a volcanologist with Spain’s National Geographic Institute, to the Associated Press.https://www.youtube.com/embed/ODCR6ypRO8E
In some places, as the lava flow slowed and grew thicker, it rose to 50 feet high. In total, the lava has covered 410 acres and destroyed roughly 350 homes. Scientists suspect the flows could last a few weeks or months. Also known as the Old Summit, Cumbre Vieja’s last eruption persisted for three weeks, reports Nicoletta Lanese for Live Science.
Multiple videos of the lava flowing into the nearby village of El Paso have been shared on social media platforms. In some videos, homes were seen engulfed by lava, including one that shows molten rock spilling into a swimming pool. About 400 firefighters and emergency workers have been sent from other islands in the Canary archipelago to assist with any fires caused by the lava flows, reports Al Goodman and Vasco Cotovio for CNN.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.21: The eruption has forced the evacuation of about 5,000 people, including some 500 tourists, according to a Monday update from local officials: Authorities said they were hopeful more people would not need to be evacuated.
#AceDailyNews says that La Palma (Spain): La Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts after volcano erupted on Sunday,after a week of heightened seismic activity.It is located on La Palma, the fifth-largest island in the Spanish archipelago that sits in the Atlantic Ocean off the western coast of Morocco…..
Damage only material
Local TV station Radio Television Canaria (RTVC) showed footage of red-hot lava and dust emanating from the Cumbre Vieja National Park in the south of the island.
No fatalities have been reported but the volcano was still active on Monday, while some houses continued to burn.
Volcanologist Nemesio Perez said there were unlikely to be fatalities, adding that people had so far refrained from reckless behavior.
Around 100 houses were destroyed by Monday, Mariano Hernandez, president of La Palma’s council, told Cadena Ser radio.
Canary Islands regional President Angel Victor Torres told Spanish state broadcaster TVE that no injuries had been reported so far.
The fire brigade was brought in to fight forest fires caused by the eruption.
Flights to and from the Canaries — which are popular with European tourists — were continuing as normal, airport operator Aena said.
DW News: Spain: La Palma volcano erupts — in picturesVolcano ejects red-hot lavaSunday’s eruption on La Palma sent jets of lava and a plume of smoke and ash into the air from the Cumbre Vieja National Park. La Palma is the fifth-largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, which sit in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco.
Swift evacuation operations
On Sunday, emergency services immediately began to evacuate around 2,000 residents, authorities said, having started moving those with reduced mobility earlier in the day.
Spain’s Civil Guard initially announced it may need to evacuate up to 10,000 residents, but a later update by authorities on Sunday said 5,000 evacuations may suffice for the time being.
“People are asked to be extremely careful and to stay away from the eruption zone to avoid needless risk,” the government had warned immediately after the eruption.
Sunday’s eruption follow a series of earth tremors this week, measured at 3.8-magnitude, whose vibrations were felt on the surface.
More than 22,000 tremors were recorded in the area — one of the most active volcanoes in the Canary Islands
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez flew to La Palma on Sunday evening to see the eruption for himself.
Earlier, he said state organizations were ready to support La Palma “in a coordinated manner.”
Itahiza Dominguez, head of seismology at Spain’s National Geology Institute, told RTVC that it was too early to tell how long this eruption would last.
He added that prior “eruptions on the Canary Islands lasted weeks or even months.”
La Palma has several volcanic craters including San Antonio (pictured)
Eruption area is sparsely populated
The island of La Palma, one of several in the Canary Islands group, has around 83,000 residents.
Along with Tenerife, La Palma is the most volcanically active of the islands.
Sunday’s eruption is the eighth since records began and the first on La Palma since 1971.
The last eruption on any of the Canary Islands occurred underwater off the coast of El Hierro island in 2011. That event lasted five months.
Unlike the better-known islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and Tenerife, La Palma is not a popular tourist destination.