Eruptions on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, have at last ended.

Posted on December 31, 2021


eruptions on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, have at last ended.

Robert Besser
30 Dec 2021, 21:08 GMT+10

LA PALMA, Spain: After a three-month period of volcanic eruptions, destruction and evacuations, the Cumbre Vieja eruptions on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, have at last ended.

Since the volcano became active on September 19, some 3,000 properties have been damaged or destroyed, in addition to several hundred acres of farm land.

Additionally, as lava inched closer, over 7,000 local residents were compelled to flee.

However, following a ten days lull in volcanic activity, officials believe the eruptions have ended.

“What I want to say today can be said with just four words: The eruption is over,” according to Julio Perez, who heads regional security on the Canary Islands.

No movements of the earth’s surface have been recorded since December 13, which is the longest span of time without tremors since the volcano became active.

Still, officials report that more than 1,300 homes have been damaged or destroyed, as well as churches, schools and swathes of banana plantations.

Of note, no one was injured during the eruptions on the Canary Islands, which has a population of 80,000 people.

Molten rock seeped into the waters of the ocean, thereby increasing the island’s size, raising the sea water temperatures, and emitting noxious gases that compelled scores of islanders to remain homebound.

The concluding phases of the summer-time tourism season, too, bore the brunt of the volcano eruptions, in the wake of flight cancellations coupled with resort shutdowns.

These were the longest lasting eruptions on La Palma since 1971.

Meanwhile, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the end of eruptions was “the best Christmas present” for the residents of La Palmas.

“We will continue working together, all the institutions, to relaunch the wonderful island of La Palma and repair the damage caused,” Sanchez noted.

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