La Palma lava delta could collapse and generate large waves

La Palma lava delta could collapse and generate large waves

La Palma lava delta could collapse and generate large waves. image. Twitter @ign

Lava delta on La Palma could collapse and generate large waves

Maria Jose Blanco, the spokeswoman for the scientific committee of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), has warned that the new lava delta formed on the island of La Palma could collapse. She made this warning during a press conference today, Friday, October 8.

Scientists believe that if the current rate of lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano keeps adding greater depths to the delta, or ‘fajana’, then it could well collapse. If this should occur then the action would be accompanied by a sudden release of gases, with hydromagmatic explosions and the formation of large waves.

The lava streams show no sign of letting up

At the moment, the lava streams are not subsiding, so the possibility of this collapse is quite real if what the scientists say is correct.

Ms Blanco also added that the weather conditions are unfavorable for air quality, although the forecast is that it will improve as of tomorrow, Saturday 9. Ash and sulphur dioxide plumes that are spreading from the volcano are reported to be affecting the operation of the La Palma and Tenerife North airports. This could even extend this afternoon to the Tenerife South aerodrome, and, by nightfall, to La Gomera, as reported by


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