Several neighborhoods of La Palma in confinement as lava is approaching the sea

Published on September 27, 2021
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The Technical Director of PEVOLCA, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, reports that yesterday after 7:00 p.m., the central area of ​​Todoque, in the municipality of Los llanos de Aridane, has been overtaken by the lava flow of the volcano, crossing the LP-213 highway.

Also, people who are located within a radius of 5 kilometers from the lava emission center are recommended to take extreme precautions against the possibility of moments of greater explosiveness that can cause glass breakage.

Morcuende explains that yesterday at 8:15 pm, the front of the lava stream was at a distance of about 1,600 meters in a straight line from the coast, in a NE direction, bordering the Todoque mountain. He points out that the trajectory of the lava will adapt to the characteristics of the land and that the average speed is about 100 meters / h. The lava is now hotter, so moving faster than it did, because it is emanated from a greater depth of the volcano -about 10 kilometers-, which increases its fluidity.

Home confinement ordered for San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Countess as the lava is about to hit the sea soon 

Given the possibility that the lava will reach the sea in the next few hours in the coastal area of Tazacorte and in anticipation of possible emanations of gases that could be harmful, PEVOLCA orders the confinement of San Borondón, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Countess.

The population must follow the instructions of the authorities and remain in their homes, with closed doors and windows, until the situation is assessed.

Protection from ash 

Regarding the fall of ash in other areas of the Island, this circumstance will depend on the direction of the wind, so in order to avoid respiratory and eye problems, it is recommended to wear FFP2 masks, goggles, gloves and long-sleeved clothing.


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