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The La Palma volcano continues to leave havoc since the beginning of the September 19th. In this case, the north face of the cone of the volcano of Old Summit suffered last night a partial collapse.
The partial rupture of the cone of the volcano that is erupting on the Spanish island of La Palma, in the archipelago of the Canary Islands, put the teams in charge of evacuating the threatened areas on alert this Saturday, by generating several new lava flows, one of them very abundant, which has already razed several buildings.
In total, there are three lava flows that have occurred with the rupture of the volcanic cone, two of them of less danger, since they have little force, and a third that is the one that has devastated a small number of houses, and that It is monitoring, although experts consider that due to the speed with which it descends, it would give time to evacuate the necessary areas.
This casting issue has created great damage in the area, making it difficult for the scientific teams, as reported by the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan).
The lava flow that advances through the industrial area of Callejón de la Gata in Los Llanos de Aridane in La Palma is the one that is being most monitored, since it is a significant mass of lava, although there is “plenty of time” if necessary perform an evacuation.
The partial separation of the cone also caused the expulsion of large blocks of volcanic material and It cannot be ruled out that new centers of lava and gas emission will arise around the crater, according to the latest assessments from volcanologists.
The authorities and scientists are also aware of the land gained by the lava from the sea, the so-called lava delta (“Fajana”), which runs the risk of collapsing, if it continues its advance to greater depths in the ocean, which would be accompanied by the sudden release of gases, with explosions and waves.
The lava has already affected an area of more than 497 hectares and has destroyed more than 1,186 buildings, and today it is not ruled out that in a new measurement the width of the wash will increase, which on Friday was still located at 1,250 meters.
Meanwhile, 225 people are still staying in hotels after being evacuated from their homes since the beginning of the eruption, on September 19.
La Cumbre Vieja is one of the most active volcanic complexes in the Canary Islands. Two of the last three eruptions recorded on the islands have taken place here, the San Juan volcano, in 1949, and the Teneguía, in 1971.
The current eruption occurred 50 years after the last one, which took place from October 26 to November 18, 1971, and which caused a victim by inhalation of gases.