(ANSA) – MADRID, 07 OCT – An active flow of lava ejected from the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma (Canary Islands) has “forked” in the last hours about 350 meters from the coast line, overwhelming, on one of the two sides, some banana fields and buildings spared so far: the technical director of the emergency plan for this natural disaster, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, announced at a press conference.
The technician added that some other crops could be damaged and that the new point where the lava is flowing very close to the sea is further south than the main one, where a “volcanic delta” of a few dozen has been created in recent days. of hectares.
The air quality in the area of the eruption has deteriorated in the last few hours, but for the moment there is no risk “for people who do not have problems with immune insufficiency,” Morcuende added. However, it is strongly recommended that people with lung, asthma or heart problems stay indoors or wear Ffp2 masks in case they need to go out.
The weather and wind conditions that led to the temporary closure of La Palma airport due to the accumulation of volcanic ash “will continue until Saturday 9 October,” said the spokesperson for the scientific committee following the eruption, María José Blanco. .
Regarding the seismic swarm observed in some points of the south of the island, Morcuende said that it is not considered probable that it could be a harbinger of the appearance of “a new lava emission center of the volcano in that area. Today it is The strongest tremor since the eruptive process started was recorded: 4.3 in magnitude, even if at a depth of 35 kilometers. (ANSA).
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