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Friday, October 01, 2021

Cumbre Vieja has already emitted 80 million cubic meters of magmatic material, almost double that of the eruption of Teneguía

View of Cumbre Vieja volcano from the Mirador El Time; Los Llanos is in the left foreground, El Paso left background and Tazacorte on the right. 21 September 2021. Eduardo Robaina, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Cumbre Vieja (Old Peak) volcano, which began erupting 13 days ago in the Cabeza de Vaca (Cow's Head) area, in the municipality of El Paso on the island of La Palma, has already emitted 80 million cubic meters of magmatic material, almost double that of the Teneguía, which erupted in 1971 and emitted more than 43 million cubic meters.

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, at a press conference accompanied by the Minister of the Presidency, Félix Bolaños, and the president of the Cabildo de La Palma, after the meeting of the first mixed commission this Friday, between the State and the Canarian institutions, Torres has pointed out that "history will tell" what capacity this volcano finally has, but he has made it clear that he is still "far" from knowing if the eruption is at the beginning or near the end. "It is not yet foreseeable," he commented.

The president has also said that the office of attention to the victims will open imminently in the Casa Massieu in Los Llanos de Aridane with personnel from public companies of the autonomous community: GMR, Gesplan, Visocan and Icavi, and has announced the hiring 14 social workers to assess the personal situation of each affected person.

He has also indicated that the first 16 homes will be bought next week and the next, another 26, to have around a hundred before the end of the year. He made it clear that the priority will be for people who have lost their only home and have no alternative accommodation.

Torres has also commented that work is being done to improve the provisional roads to maintain communication with the coast of Los Llanos de Aridane and in systems that guarantee the supply of drinking water and irrigation if they are finally affected.

The president has insisted that the emergency continues and for this reason, he has urged to comply "to the maximum" the recommendations of the security operation so that the eruption ends without personal injury. "We will not be able to remove the pain although we will make every effort, but the key is that we are all here and there is no loss of life".