Canary Island Volcano Opens New Crevice as Thousands Evacuate
The responders are facing more challenges from volcano tourists than potential tsunamis.
Almost 7,000 people evacuated their homes after the La Palma volcano on Spain’s Canary Islands continued to erupt as it added a new fissure.
As the lava flows continued, emergency services ordered people from three villages on the island of La Palma to evacuate, and ordered residents of another village to stay indoors. Nearly 7,000 people have already left their homes to avoid the lava flows this week, and the prompt evacuations are credited with helping avoid casualties.
The latest volcanic activity also released a large cloud of gas and ash, forcing airlines to cancel flights, the Guardian reported. Canary Island regional airlines Binter and Canaryfly suspended operations, canceling all flights to La Palma because of the eruption.
Loud bangs from the volcano’s mouth sent shock waves echoing across the hillsides. Explosions hurled molten rock and ash over a wide expanse. As a precaution, emergency services pulled back from the area.
Binter temporarily halted flights due to a huge ash cloud that rose 6 kilometers (almost 4 miles) into the sky.
The volcano erupted again on Monday after it slowed down for a bit:
Spurts of vivid lava emerged from the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the early evening and snaked down the dark mountainside after a period of several hours without explosions, according to Reuters witnesses.
The hiatus and new explosions came eight days after lava started pouring from the mountain range on the island, which neighbours Tenerife in the Canary Islands archipelago off North Africa.
“Activating and deactivating is logical, natural in the evolution of Strombolian volcanoes,” said Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca response committee, referring to the type of violent eruption that emits incandescent dust.
Increíbles imágenes del volcán de La Palma desde dentro. pic.twitter.com/jxumDRVRrF
— La Palma | En Directo🌋 (@LaPalmaErupcion) September 27, 2021
NOW – River of lava flowing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma after new Strombolian explosions tonight.
16 tremors registered today in the south raise fears that another volcanic center may open soon.@disclosetv pic.twitter.com/xf2pjmAaZB
— 💫Queen of Seventeen 1️⃣7️⃣🥃❤️🇺🇲✝️ (@AreYouAwaQe) September 27, 2021
The most significant problem emergency responders face at this point is the sheer number of volcano tourists.
Volcano tourists’ are causing congestion in La Palma, with plane tickets going for as much as €500 that were obtainable for as little €50 before the disaster.
The Guardia Civil are said to be very unhappy with the number of onlookers and visitors that are flocking to catch a glimpse of the volcanic eruption. ‘Now is not the moment for tourism,’ says a representative of the islands hospitality sector.
The volcanic eruption has seen La Palma put up the “no vacancy” sign. Curious onlookers and journalists have joined the tourists visiting the islands, and the planes and ships arriving are loaded with backpackers carrying camera equipment to capture events.
“Our associates in La Palma have said to us that a lot of tourists are arriving, mostly coming from other islands,” explains Juan Pablo González, the manager of Ashotel, a hospitality association serving the Canary Islands, which are a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa.
“They are coming with the simple aim of seeing the volcano,” he explains. “Now is not the moment for tourism for La Palma, it’s the time to help, and these people are not doing that and are instead occupying beds that could, for example, be used by the security forces.”
One of the geologic theories that made the rounds on social media is that the eruption, potentially with a subsequent landslide, could cause a catastrophic tsunami strike on the East Coast of the US. Fortunately, that does not appear to be a significant threat.
After announcing the eruption on Twitter on Sept. 19, the U.S. Geological Survey said the tsunami threat remained local, debunking users’ claims that a purported “mega-tsunami” would happen.
That same day, the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center posted on Facebook that the eruption did not pose any tsunami risks to the East Coast.
The islands’ volcanology institute has assured that extreme conditions would have to occur for the theory to become a reality.
For instance, the volcano would have to grow by 1,000 meters over its current height, which the institute told Spanish national TV station Antena 3 would take another 40,000 years.
UPDATE tonight from the volcano eruption on La Palma…as you can see it’s super active! @WCKitchen is here serving meals to the first responders working 12 hour shifts…and with help of some amazing volunteers we are making sure everyone has something to eat! #ChefsForLaPalma 🌋 pic.twitter.com/o7mVM9jt0Q
— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) September 25, 2021
With all the carbon and sulfur has emissions from La Palma, someone should notify the climate justice warriors. Indeed, some sort of tax could have prevented the eruption.
So, has anyone hear any answer @AOC has to stop the emissions from La Palma? And it’s still going strong. pic.twitter.com/8Wd1MgYdf0
— T (@Rifleman4WVU) September 25, 2021
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I hope the people on the island are okay. I also hope the theory of the side of the volcano falling off into the ocean and creating a tsunami 150 foot tall hitting the entire east coast of America 7-8 hours later doesn’t happen.
As someone who lives in Florida a wall of water that tall will just sweep over the majority of Florida on it’s way to flood the Gulf States and Mexico. Especially the lower half of the state.
It would be a shame indeed to lose Florida… but for the prospect of taking out the Times, the Post, the Biden Administration, and Stacey Abrams in the same 24 hour period, would you consider taking one for the team?
But see you wouldn’t take them out. Adams is far enough inside Georgia that she has nothing to worry about. Biden will be moved the moment they realize a tsunami is incoming. Democrats will be warned to get out. Republicans will be accidentally told that all is fine and there is no tsunami. Other media will just replace the Times and the Post.
The US will turn into a dystopian wasteland as the East and Gulf Coast is destroyed and a hundred million survivors are left to wallow in what’s left. One can see the Democrats not letting a crisis go to waste and putting off 2024 and all future elections for the safety of the country.
If anything the dead in Florida will be looked upon with envy.
Fleeing volcanic destruction is all well and good, but it is no excuse for relaxing masking and social distancing protocols.
Are rescue craft personnel demanding vaccine papers?
Think of all the CO2 being spewed into the atmosphere by this thing! Oh, the humanity! It is endangering ALL MANKIND! Indeed, it is engagers the planet, even.
EPA should construct a gigantic dome to be placed over the Canary Islands to contain all this CO2. It would only cost a few trillion dollars. It would be worth it to save the planet, don’t you think?
“Think of all the CO2 being spewed into the atmosphere by this thing! Oh, the humanity! It is endangering ALL MANKIND! ”
Women and minorities even more so!
Oh oh. “Deigenic local warming.”
Which will (of course) go global soon enough.
Will all be blamed on “climate change” in 3……2……1……
Did you know that in the Canary Islands there is not one single canary
Virgin Islands the same way….
Not one single canary…. 🙂
-chuckle- I needed that…
“With all the carbon and sulfur has emissions from La Palma, someone should notify the climate justice warriors. Indeed, some sort of tax could have prevented the eruption.”
Per Al Gore? Or Justice Roberts?
I took my teenage Girl Scout troop camping in the Virgin Islands. They were walking through the airport laden down with camping gear. An older woman asked one of the girls if we were from a school group.. My camper said, “No, ma’am. We ‘re from the Girl Scouts. Every year they send a group of us down here to repopulate the virgins. They might have miscalculated this year.”
I admire your solid restraint not choosing to set tents Afghanistan.
This is my go-to guy on La Palma.
Has a good series with good info and no MSM “OMG we are all going to die” hype.
Simple solution: Evacuate the citizens and leave the tourists until last.
AirBNB your house as you bug out. May as well cut your losses by profiting off the stupidity of others.
There have been documentaries on the “what if” of tsunami after landslide and … the good news is…. it would totally dilute the D.C. swamp but with too much time to evacuate and the rest of the Eastern seaboard would look like Deep Impact.
Yellowstone will happen before a La Palma Tsunami. And Cascadia can’t happen soon enough.
Not so fast on Cascadia. I need time to sell my house!
Canary Volcanoes superb, almost matching Biden’s recent activity in releasing large clouds of gas and ash,
Spain is a very anti-Semitic country. Have they blamed Israel/Jews/Zionists yet for this?