La Palma lava stream forces 300 more residents to evacuate their homes.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma is now into its 26th day of activity, and is showing no signs of respite. Lava streams are flowing at full force out of the cone, and creating problems on a daily basis for the residents of this beautiful island.
Maria Jose Blanco, the spokesperson for the scientific committee, speaking during the daily press conference of Pevolca, the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan, explained that there has been a specific deformation of the terrain in a town near the volcano. It “exceeds five centimetres, and it only affects one area and not others that are very close to it, so it has been played down by considering it superficial”.
A new tongue of lava formed after the main stream split into two
A new stream of lava arising from the splitting of the main flow into a separate fork to the northwest, has this Thursday, October 14, forced a new eviction of around 300 residents. This comes after the entire neighborhood of the municipality of Los Llanos de Aridane had been evacuated on Wednesday evening.
Seismic activity persists on the island, with scientists reporting up to 60 earthquakes being registered before dawn on Thursday. One quake measured 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale, which is the strongest tremor since the start of the volcanic activity on September 19.