Volcanic eruption on the Cumbre Vieja de La Palma in Spain

The Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Spanish island of La Palma, has entered a state of maximum alert after exceptional seismic activity and a displacement of magma, according to international news agencies and local media.

Through the channel of the social network Twitter of the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation (Rtve), the volcanic eruption at the Cumbre Vieja de La Palma is followed live, from where it was known that the eruption had begun, explosive and with a column of ash and lava in the Las Manchas area, which occurred at 15.10 this Sunday (Spanish time) after two very strong tremors in the area.

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres Pérez asserted that no injuries have been reported and currently the evacuation of approximately 4000 of the neighborhoods of Las Manchas (Manchas de Abajo, Jedey, San Nicolás and El Paraíso) in the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane; the Charco (Fuencaliente); La Bombilla (Los LLanos and Tazacorte) and El Remo and Puerto Naos (Los Llanos de Aridane).

Pérez said that at this time the airspace is not closed, but for safety reasons the operation of ports and airports has been suspended.

In the last hours, according to information from the international news agency AFP, that the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, will travel this Sunday to the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands archipelago, where the Cumbre Vieja volcano it erupted during the afternoon.

In this sense, through his Twitter partner network account, the government representative of Spain indicated that he had decided to postpone his scheduled trip to the United States to attend the UN General Assembly.

«Ante la situación generada en la isla de La Palma, el presidente del Gobierno ha aplazado el viaje previsto para hoy a Nueva York» para participar en la Asamblea General de la ONU, «y se desplazará esta misma tarde a Canarias para seguir la evolución de los acontecimientos», informó el equipo de prensa del gobierno español en un comunicado.

La agencia internacional de noticias AFP recordó que la última erupción del Cumbre Vieja tuvo lugar en 1971, enfatizando que «el archipiélago español de Canarias, de origen volcánico, vivió su última erupción en 2011, esta vez bajo el agua, en la isla de El Hierro». 

 

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