La Palma: Police evacuate animals after volcano erupts
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Earlier in the evening, at around 9pm local time, a new eruptive fissure opened in the municipality of El Paso, forcing new evacuations. This was followed by a slightly smaller earthquake of magnitude 3.8. The lava is reportedly still moving towards the sea, although it is now moving at a slower rate than originally expected.
The volcano has so far destroyed over 100 homes and thousands of people have been evacuated from the islands. No fatalities have so far been reported.
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Spanish government will do ‘whatever is necessary’ to help the farmers of La Palma
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food , Luis Planas, said that the Spanish Government will do “whatever is necessary” to help affected farmers and repair the damage caused by the eruption of the volcano on La Palma, which he has described as a “catastrophe”.
Spanish President asks inhabitants to stay away from volcano and keep roads as clear as possible
Spanish President Pedro Sánchez insisted in a press conference this afternoon that inhabitants and tourists of La Palma should “try to avoid proximity to the magma and the volcano and leave the roads as clear as possible because there is still a risk of evacuation. “
The President also said that the ’emergency continues’ and will not end until the island of La Palma can “return to normal.”
Footage of lava flowing into a swimming pool
Video footage of lava from the volcano pouring into a swimming pool.
La Palma: Footage shows lava pouring into swimming pool
Brussel has ‘funds available’ for island if Government requests it
Brussels has said it has funds available to alleviate the agricultural, fishing and environmental consequences of the volcano eruption on La Palma if the Spanish Government requests it.
The Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries of the EU, Virginijus Sinkevicius said Brussels are “more than willing to provide the funds available”.
Tourism minister apologises for linking volcano to tourist attraction
Spanish tourism minister Reyes Maroto has apologised for likening the volcano to a tourist attraction.
She said she regretted her first statements and apologised for offending anyone.
She said:”I sympathise with the dramatic situation that exists on the island.
“there will be time to talk about tourism’, she added.
Higher Center for Scientific Research deploys research teams to study eruption
The Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) has deployed its research teams to study the eruption of the La Palma volcano . There they will carry out tasks of chemical analysis, measurement of gases and eruptive samples, aerial surveillance and evaluation of the impact of the eruption on biodiversity.
Vacant properties to be made available to those affected by the volcano
The Spanish Government is negotiating with banking entities to allow vacant properties to be occupied by those whose homes have been destrpyed by the volcano.
Currently around 166 homes have been destrpyed, with more damage expected to follow.
Damages caused by the volcano to exceed 400 million
The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has announced that the Executive is going to take advantage of the solidarity funds of the European Union (EU) to start the reconstruction in La Palma when the emergency ends due to the volcanic eruption.
These funds will be used to rebuild schools, roads, water networks and to build temporary accomadation, as many people have now been left without homes. The damage will reportedly exceed 400 million euros.
Meteorologists assure volcano will not have global impact on climate
Meterologists have now ruled out that the current eruptive process of the volcano could cause acid rain when the lava comes into contact with the sea.
They have also assured that the volcano’s impact on the climate will be on a local scale rather than a global scale.
“In principle, the issue of acid rain is not a cause for concern today. The presence of a high content of toxic gases is,” said meteorologist José Miguel Viñas.
The expert explained that when the lava, which is at 1,000 degrees, comes into contact with coastal water “there will be a fairly significant emission of toxic gases, such as sulfur dioxide.”
Footage of lava flowing towards firefighters
Video footage of the terrifying moment lava pours down the street towards firefighters.
La Palma: Lava pours down street towards firefighters
New eruption of Etna volcano
The Etna volcano, on the Italian island of Sicily has experienced a new eruption in its southeastern crater, with emissions of ash and lava and the amplitude of volcanic tremors is increasing.
Lava now approaching Todoque
The lava from the volcano is now approaching the town of Todoque. This has been described as an ‘imminent risk’ as there are 1000 people living in the urban centre.
Volcano emits up to 10,665 tons of sulfur dioxide daily
The volcano in La Palma emits up to 10,665 tons of sulfur dioxide every day, according to data collected by The Canary Islands Volcanological institute (Involcan)
The results obtained for the second day of the eruption reflect a SO2 emission rate between 7,997 and 10,665 tons per day, assuming that the wind speed at 3,000 metres yesterday was between 4.2 and 5.5 metres per second (meteorological data provided by Aemet).
King of Spain will visit area affected by volcano on Thursday
The Spanish king Felipe VI will on Thursday visit the area affected by the volcano.
During the visit, he will also meet with the authorities of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Cabildo de La Palma , as well as those responsible for the State security forces and Civil Protection who are working on the ground.
The king sent out a message of encouragement to all the people affected by the eruption of the volcano on Monday and expressed his gratitude to all the members of the emergency services who are assisting the evacuees.
Bishops shocked by eruption and assure their help
The Spanish Bishops have said they are shocked by the eruption and have offered their help to the Christian community.
Auxillary Bishop of Madrid, Jose Cobo, has said that the islands preists have begun offering immediate help, for example their is one priest who is bringing food and water to residents who are stuck in their cars.
Lava continues to make its way towards the sea
Footage of the lava continuing to make its way towards the sea, destroying everything in its path.
President of Cabildo de la Palma says destruction could ‘double or triple’
The President of the Cabildo de La Palma, Mariano Hernandez has said that if the lava continues on the same route the destruction of houses could be ‘double or triple’.
So far 166 houses have been destroyed and aroun 6000 people have been evacuated.
Volcanologist says eruption will cause ‘poverty’
Volcanologist Jose Mangas has said that the eruption will bring povery to the islands as the lava will mean that nothing will be able to be grown in the affected area.
“Of the six historical eruptions on La Palma in the 20th century, there were two, one lasted 25 days and the other 33 days. This is going to be horrible, it is a natural catastrophe”, he added.
Lava from eruption covers 103 hectares and has destroyed 166 houses
According to data aquired by the EU emergency satellite programme Copernicus, the lava released by the volcanic eruption covers 103 hectares and has destroyed 166 houses.
Canary Islands President urges residents to stay away from fissure
The President of the Canary Islands, Angel Torres, has urged the population to stay away from the opening of a ninth fissure, which opened at around 9pm last night.
This is due to the health risks of the gases that will be generated.
Spanish President will stay in La Palma and postpone trip to New York
The Spanish President, Pedro Sanchez, will stay in La Palma today, postponing his trip to New York for the 76th session of the United Nations.
According to reports, President Sanchez intends to travel to New York as soon as possible, although diplomatic sources have argued that he is now “where he has to be”.
President Sanchez will attend a meeting of the Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies for Volcanic Risk (PEVOLCA) at 1pm today.
President of the Canary Islands calls the advance of lava ‘unstoppable’
The President of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres has said the advance of lava towards the sea is ‘unstoppable’.
He also acknowledged that “damages are going to be very large”, but wanted to wait to have a “comprehensive and clear account of what was affected” before the Government makes any decisions.
Several roads closed after opening of new fissure
Several highways have been closed after a new fissure opened last night, around 900m from the main one.
The opening of this new fissure last night was accompanied by a 3.8 seismic movement located in Tazacorte at zero depth.
Head of 112 says eruption has accelerated a lot
The director of 112 Canarias, Moisés Sánchez, said that the eruption of the La Palma volcano is much faster than previous volcanoes and has not responed to the same seismic patterns as previous volcanoes such as San Juan, Teneguia and Tajuya.
Farmers helpless after eruption
Farmers in La Palma have been left helpess over the eruption as they forsee damages to banana plantations.
The president of the Association of Farmers ASPA, Miguel Martín said: “it is already known that there are damaged vine and avocado crops, especially in El Paso and it is expected that the lava will affect banana plantations.”
Minister of science says it will be necessary to wait 3 weeks to know evolution of volcano
The minister of science and innovation, Diana Morant said : “There is still no scientific answer on how long the eruption of La Palma will last” but after the analyisis of the lava and gases, “we speak of a period between one and three weeks”.
Acid rain not ruled out in populated areas
The State Meteorological Agency says it has not ruled out acid rain, which could occur as a result of the toxic gases emanating from the volcanic eruption, although it says it is ‘unlikely’ at this time.
EU activates satellite to follow eruption
The Eu has activated its Copernicus satellite system to follow the eruption and European Commission is slready in touch with the Spanish authorities to offer additional support.
‘we can only pray’, minister rushes to save his church
The entire contents of the Hermitage of San Pío X, in Todoque inlcuding crucifixes, chalices and religious paintings has been piled up into 4 vans as the lava rushes towards the church.
Classes suspended in 3 municipalities of La Palma
The volcanic eruption has caused the suspension of classes in El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte.
The decision to suspend classes was taken on Sunday following the recommendations of the scientific committee of the Special Plan for Protection against Volcanic Risk of the Canary Islands (Pevolca).
“And it will continue to be applied until further notice in the 20 schools of these three municipalities of La Palma. Its continuity will depend on the evolution of the eruption that began on Sunday afternoon.”
Canary Islands Government announces creation of decree law to ‘requalify land’
The Government of the Canary Islands has announced the creation of a decree law to ‘requalify land’ and relocate the houses affected by the volcano ‘urgently and immediately’.
Canary Islands president Ángel Víctor Torres said the most important thing at this time is to “take care of security” and that “all mechanisms and aid” be arbitrated by public administrations.
New eruptive fissures
Video footage of the new eruptive fissures, which opened around 9pm local time, last night. The videos were taken by local residents.
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