La Palma volcano: Eruption has officially ended, authorities say | World News


A volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma that began in September has officially ended, authorities on the island have declared.

The announcement was made on Christmas Day after authorities on the Canary Island confirmed they had observed no lava flow, seismic activity or significant sulphur dioxide emissions from the volcano for 10 days.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called the eruption’s end “the best Christmas present”.

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But a representative from the Canaries’ volcanic emergency committee has warned that while the news is a relief, the scale of the destruction on the island means that the emergency in La Palma is not yet over.

Lava flows and molten rock that spewed from the Cumbre Vieja volcano destroyed 3,000 of La Palma’s buildings and ruined vital roads, irrigation systems and farmland.

Lava rolls down behind street light posts in Los Llanos as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tajuya, Spain, October 13, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Lava reached the town of Los Llanos

The eruption is estimated to have caused over £760m of damage to the island’s infrastructure.

Authorities say that no deaths or injuries have been linked to the eruption, which started on 19 September.

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Black ash caused covered homes and plantations as it continued to flare throughout October and November.

Police officers block a road as lava rises following the eruption of a volcano on the Island of La Palma, in Tacande, Spain September 22, 2021.
Police officers block a road as lava rises

Satellite picture of lava flow following the eruption of a volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain. Pic: Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery/ @DEFIS_EU/Reuters
Satellite pictures showed the extent of the lava flow
Homes have been covered by ash because of the volcano eruption
Homes were covered by ash because of the volcano eruption

The volcano’s activity levels fluctuated in the 85 days it erupted, with periods of reduced activity followed by reignition.

But hopes that it could be over were raised when the Cumbre Vieja fell silent on the evening of 14 December.

A flow of lava is observed near la Laguna mountain on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain November 22, 2021 in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. Involcan/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.

Volcanologists confirmed the eruption was exhausted on Saturday after monitoring gas, lava and tremors for the 10 days that followed.

The eruption is La Palma’s longest on record.


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