La Palma is full of tourists to photograph the volcano

BarcelonaThe three-day celebrations that made the construction of the Tots Sants bridge possible were noticed on the island of La Palma, which has not yet regained a certain calm, while the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues, but full of tourists. The island has around 10,000 visitors from Saturday to Monday, which is why the Cabildo of La Palma had to take care of order. A shuttle bus system was set up during the bridge – vehicles called in the Canary Islands Guaguas– from the island’s old airport to the Tajuya viewpoint, where tourists gather to photograph the volcano.

The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan Technical Director Miguel Ángel Morcuende explains that the provision of shuttle buses is for safety and facilitates the movement of emergency vehicles. Indeed, the presence of tourists does not seem to bother the authorities. Quite the opposite: Morcuende thanks the visitors who go to La Palma, because with their presence they “show that the island is safe”.

But the tourist rush coincided this Saturday with the day on which La Palma experienced the largest earthquake. According to the National Geographic Institute’s scale, a magnitude 5 seismic movement has been recorded, which it classifies as the most important in the 41 days of the eruption to date. Despite the record, the director of IGN in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, says historical records show that the island has reached a magnitude of 5.8 movement. In addition, earthquakes are expected to intensify and there will be a magnitude 6 seismic movement.

New wash to the sea

The volcano, which continues in a phase of stability, has a new current approaching the sea: it is the southern one that is advancing further and evacuating residents in the area of. La Bombilla forced those who have not yet been able to go home to pick up their personal belongings. This cast, which moves the magma of the cone of the Cumbre Vieja, has already been classified as the one who causes more material damage it swallows in the apartments.

Morcuende admits that despite evacuating the places it flies by, the south wind is also the most worrying because it has grown and is heading for the sea. While the time to reach the water does not seem imminent, it is estimated that if the lava continues to move in the same direction, it will affect desalination facilities that provide water to the plants in the area.

So far, according to data from the Copernicus satellite system, the volcano has devastated almost a thousand hectares of La Palma: it has destroyed 2,532 buildings and endangered 149 others. The numbers will continue to rise.

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