One month later, there are still "no signs" that the volcanic eruption on La Palma will be over soon

Members of the GIETMA of the UME monitor the evolution of a new lava flow, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary island of La Palma on October 16, 2021. © Luismi Ortiz, UME, AFP

The volcanic eruption that has wreaked havoc on the Spanish island of La Palma since it began roughly a month ago has no quick end in sight, according to the president of the Canary Islands.

According to the Spanish National Geographical Institute, there were 42 seismic movements on the island on Sunday, the greatest of which measured 4.3.

"There are no signs that an end of the eruption is imminent even though this is the greatest desire of everyone," President Angel Victor Torres stated at a Socialist party gathering in Valencia, citing experts' findings.

Since the volcano began erupting on Sept. 19, lava streams have wreaked havoc on more than 742 hectares (1833 acres) of land and destroyed nearly 2,000 structures on La Palma.

Approximately 7,000 people have been displaced from their homes on the island, which has an estimated population of 83,000 people and is part of the Canary Islands archipelago off the coast of Africa.

Due to ash from the volcano, airline Binter has canceled all flights to La Palma until 1 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Sunday.

According to state airport operator Aena, almost half of all flights to the island were canceled on Sunday, although the airport remained open.

Publish : 2021-10-17 20:41:00

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