- Officers on one of Spain’s Canary Islands declared a volcanic eruption that started in September and finished on Saturday following ten days of no lava flows, seismic activity, or significant sulfur dioxide emissions.
- On the eve of December. 14, the volcano fell silent after flaring for 85 days and 8 hours.
Officers on one of Spain’s Canary Islands declared a volcanic eruption that started in September and finished on Saturday following ten days of no lava flows, seismic activity, or significant sulfur dioxide emissions.
But the emergency in La Palma, the most northwest island in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago, is not overdue to the widespread damage the eruption caused, the director of the Canaries’ volcanic emergency committee said in announcing the much-anticipated milestone.
“It’s not joy or satisfaction – how can we define what we feel? It’s an emotional relief. And hope,” Pevolca director Julio Pérez said. “Because now, we can apply ourselves and focus completely on the reconstruction work.”
Fiery molten rock flowing down toward the sea destroyed around 3,000 buildings, entombed banana plantations and vineyards, ruined irrigation systems, and cut off roads. But no injuries or deaths were directly linked to the eruption.
Pérez, the region’s minister of public administration, justice, and security, said the archipelago’s government valued the loss of buildings and infrastructure at more than 900 million euros.
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Volcanologists stated they needed to certify that three key variables -lava, gas, and tremors – had subsided in the Cumbre Vieja ridge for ten days to declare the volcano’s apparent exhaustion. Since the eruption started on September. 19, previous periods of reduced activity were followed by reignitions.
On the eve of December. 14, the volcano fell silent after flaring for 85 days and 8 hours, making it La Palma’s longest eruption on record.
Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez called the eruption’s end “the best Christmas gift.”
“We would continue working together, all institutions, to relaunch the marvelous island of La Palma and repair the destroy,” he tweeted.
Farming and tourism are the primary industries on the Canary Islands, a destination for many European vacationers due to their mild climate.
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