Disasters & Accidents

Services disrupted due to ash accumulation on La Palma

Santa Cruz de La Palma, Spain, Nov 4 (EFE).- Despite seismic movements and toxic gas stabilizing on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, services continue to be disrupted due to a river of lava that is encroaching on a busy road, the Department of Homeland Security reported on Thursday.

The DSN added that the number of earthquakes had decreased notably and that sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide emissions had also dropped although the density of gas in the air was still high.

The most concerning lava stream is flowing south of the volcano and has disrupted activity on the Puerto Naos highway forcing authorities to offer alternative routes.

The activity recorded at Cumbre Vieja “is variable with occasional bursts of high magma output,” the DSN said.

The volume of magma gushing out of the volcano has resulted in lava bursting out of some of the existing lava tubes, the report continued.

Authorities have deployed further measures to contain and store the growing mountains of ash that have blanketed the region.

La Palma airport reopened Wednesday afternoon once the weather and visibility improved, but residents of Valle de Aridane continue on alert due to the ash and dust accumulation in the air.

The National Geographic Institute has recorded over 40 earthquakes so far all of which were weaker than those recorded on Wednesday.EFE


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