By Ron Howells • 15 October 2021 • 9:42
La Palma volcano forces the evacuation of over 1,300 residents. image: Twitter
La Palma volcano forces the preventive evacuation of over 1,300 residents of Los Llanos de Ariadne.
A fresh eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 residents in the early hours of Friday morning, October 15. The mayor of Los Llanos announced on television this morning her concern that the lava is continuing to advance towards the urban centre of the La Laguna neighbourhood.
The latest situational report from the Department of National Security (DSN) indicates that the eruption continues to behave like a *strombolian mechanism, with explosive and effusive phases.
This comes after the Island of La Palma was by an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale on Wednesday, making it the largest detected in the region since the eruption of the new volcano began on September 19.
According to Spain’s National Geographic Institute (IGN), the quake was recorded at a depth of 37 kilometres at around 1am and was felt by residents on the island. It was one of more than 50 tremors to hit La Palma during the early hours of Wednesday.
The earthquake was recorded just hours after another neighbourhood on La Palma was forced to evacuate due to the advance of a lava tongue. The decision affected around 15 residents in an area of Los Llanos de Aridane, who were given until midnight to take everything they could – including their pets – from their homes, and travel to a meeting point at Campo de Lucha Camino León in Los Llanos de Aridane.
*In volcanology, a Strombolian eruption is a type of volcanic eruption with relatively mild blasts, having a Volcanic Explosivity Index of about 1 to 2. Strombolian eruptions consist of the ejection of incandescent cinders, lapilli, and lava bombs, to altitudes of tens to a few hundreds of metres.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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