Disasters & Accidents

Volcanic ash accumulation disrupts air travel on La Palma

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, Nov 23 (EFE).- La Pama airport remained closed for a fourth consecutive day due to ash accumulation generated by an ongoing volcano eruption, officials said Tuesday.

“We are working so operations can resume as soon as possible, provided weather conditions allow it,” AENA said.

The Aridane Valley, which has seen several lava flows flatten vast areas, is only accessible by sea due to road closures as a result of poor air quality, the local government reported.

Several rivers of magma have formed since the Cumbre Vieja started erupting on September 19. The magma output Tuesday pouring into stream number 7 was very dense and heading towards the Tazacorte coastal area.

Residents of the towns of San Borondón, Tazacorte and El Cardón to Camino Los Palomares were ordered to remain indoors as toxic steam is expected to blight the region when the lava stream pours into the Atlantic Ocean.

The National Geographic Institute recorded 43 earthquakes during the early hours of Tuesday, all located in Villa de Mazo, Fuencaliente, El Paso and Tazacorte and with a maximum magnitude of 4.8.EFE


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