The impressive images of the volcanic eruption in La Palma

The 'Cumbre Vieja' awakened
More than 25,000 earthquakes in 10 days
Mother Earth in panic
Five outlets
Getting ahead of the lava
No more earthquakes (they hope)
More than 2,500 earthquakes a day
When will the nightmare end?
Careful in Brazil
The 'Cumbre Vieja' awakened

The whole world is watching the island of La Palma (Canary Islands) as a natural wonder takes place: the volcanic eruption of the Cumbre Vieja de La Palma, in the area of Las Manchas.

Photo: Guardia Civil

More than 25,000 earthquakes in 10 days

After thousands of earthquakes in the last week, the volcano erupted on Sunday 21st September at 15:01. Immediately, the UME, Guardia Civil, National Police and Civil Protection have been called out to evacuate thousands of people in the area.

Mother Earth in panic

The images left by the eruption of Cumbre Vieja are as shocking as they are intimidating. A slight earthquake preceded an explosion that some media have manager to capture live. In a matter of seconds, the volcano began to expel lava and create an intense cloud of smoke.

Five outlets

Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the eruption is that the explosion of the volcano has created five outlets, although the explosion occurred between Montaña Rajada and Cabeza de Vaca, in the highest part of the town of El Paso. Fortunately, the area was not inhabited, although there were houses nearby.
 

Getting ahead of the lava

The Canary Islands Volcanological Institute has analysed the lava outflow areas in order to control the path it will take and minimise the damage as much as possible.

Photo: 112 Canarias

No more earthquakes (they hope)

Despite the complicated situation, the National Geographic Institute has published a calm and composed message, as it seems that the earthquakes have ceased. There are, however,
still aftershocks, but the magnitude of those is decreasing.

"Do not approach the eruption zone".

Obviously, the indications for the locals have been clear: "Do not approach the eruption area to avoid unnecessary risk". In addition, it is "very important to keep the roads clear so that they can be used by the ground operation", so the Cabildo of La Palma has warned the public via their social networks.

More than 2,500 earthquakes a day

The information received from Involcan states there has been 25,000 earthquakes since Friday 10 September. The intensity of the earthquakes had increased and, in some cases, reaching a magnitude of 3.3 in the southern part of El Paso, the shock of which was clearly felt by local residents.

When will the nightmare end?

The question on everyone's mind now is, how long will the volcano's eruption last? The experts' answer does not inspire much confidence.

Photo: Guardia Civil

"Days, weeks..."

"We are in the first phase of the volcano's eruption. It could be days, weeks... This is only the beginning," José Mangas, professor of geology at the University of Las Palmas commented on the Spanish network TVE.

 

 

Careful in Brazil

Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has already arrived in the area, but another concern about the eruption of the volcano and the thousands of earthquakes is the consequences it could have in Brazil. Experts have warned that so much seismic movement could lead to a tsunami reaching the Carioca coast. More than 4,000 km separate La Palma from the Brazilian coast, but it could still be affected by the explosion in the Canaries.

Photo: Pedro Sánchez

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