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La Palma volcano eruption: Summary news October 11

The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava and smoke as it continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from El Paso, Spain,

La Palma volcano eruption: live updates


- Partial collapse of volcanic cone near emission vent on Saturday sent surge of lava down the slopes of Cumbre Vieja

- Lava flow now covers surface area of 525 hectares

- Village of Todoque north completely destroyed by lava flow

- La Palma and Tenerife North airports reopen after weekend closures

- "Kipuka" forming in wake of lava flow

- Lava forming huge delta on La Palma coast

- Delta has claimed around 40 hectares of new land from the Atlantic

- Multiple earthquakes registered over past few days

- Over 1,180 buildings destroyed by the lava flow, with 6,000 people evacuated and almost 40km of roads made impassable

Useful information

- Volcanologist speaks to AS about the effects of lava reaching the sea

- An overview of the active volcanoes on the Canary Islands

- When was the last volcanic eruptionon the Canary Islands?

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La Palma eruption: drone footage shows lava flow intensifying


La Palma eruption: drone footage shows lava flow intensifying

Drone footage shows lava flow intensifying

Night-time images captured by drone footage of the Cumbre Vieja eruption show the volcano's beauty and devastating power.

Following the partial collapse of the Cumbre Vieja volcano's cone on Saturday, a new river of lava has been streaming towards the sea, devouring banana and avocado plantations and most of the remaining houses in the town of Todoque.

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said.

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants.

Cumbre Vieja showing few signs of slowing down

The swifter flow of lava from the Cumbre Vieja eruption means that the affected area has now grown to 595 hectares, according to local reports. Experts are unsure how long the eruption may last, but estimate anywhere between one and two months, or perhaps even longer.

Forest fire detection satellites pick up lava hotspots

The EU earth observation agency's forest fire detection satellites observed the lava hotspots on La Palma.

Nighttime video of the La Palma eruption

Incredible images of the sheer force of the eruption ejecting lava from the main vent on Cumbre Vieja. 

Scenes from La Palma

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute ends their day with some spectacular photos of the Cumbre Vieja eruption.

Images of La Palma three weeks on

Cumbre Vieja began erupting three weeks ago and it shows no signs of letting up. A faster moving flow that began when part of the cone collapsed unleashing a surge of lava from the caldron is making a run for the coast along a new path to the north of an early flow that has reached the ocean.

Confinement zone due to burning cement factory

The lava from the Cumbre Vieja eruption on La Palma is slowly engulfing a cement factory in the vicinity of Tajuya creating a large cloud of gases. Emergency services on the island have confined 2,500 residents in the area to their homes while the composition of the gas cloud is analyzed. 

Flight situation this Monday in La Palma

As reported by RTVC, only Binter has operated flights to and from La Palma this Monday, with Iberia and CanaryFly having cancelled all their flights due to the ash cloud formed as a result of ongoing volcanic eruoption, which began on 19 September.

Putting a date on the volcano is difficult, but it doesn't seem like it will stop anytime soon"

Inés Gallindo, Volcanologist (speaking to AS)

Satellite picture of lava flow following the eruption of a volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain October 10, 2021, in this picture obtained from social media. Picture taken October 10, 2021. European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 Imagery, processed by @DEFIS_EU/via REUTERS

Lava from La Palma volcano burns cement plant, prompting lockdown

A stream of red-hot lava gushing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma engulfed a cement plant on Monday, raising a thick cloud of smoke and prompting authorities to order people in the area into lockdown.

Local emergency services instructed residents in the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane to remain indoors, and to shut their windows, shades and air conditioning devices to avoid inhaling toxic fumes from the burning plant as it was being gradually swallowed by the lava.

"Lock down, if possible, in the most inner rooms," the emergency service said via its Twitter account. Miguel Angel Morcuende, the technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan said the fire at the plant had "produced a very dense smoke that sullied the air."

The area affected by the lava in the eruption that began on Sept. 19 has expanded 10% overnight, reaching nearly 600 hectares, he said. Following the partial collapse of the volcano's cone on Saturday, a new river of lava streamed towards the sea, devouring banana and avocado plantations and most of the remaining houses in the town of Todoque.

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said. About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants. (Reuters)

More stunning footage of river of lava

Incredible footage of the huge river of lava from from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, posted by The Sun...

Locals continue to receive help on La Palma 

Families are still evacuating their homes on La Palma three weeks later.

Lava blocks fall from La Palma volcano

CNN - Blocks of molten lava as large as three-story buildings rolled down a hillside on the Spanish island of La Palma while a series of tremors shook the ground on Sunday three weeks after the volcanic eruption.

There were 21 seismic movements on Sunday, with the largest measuring 3.8, the Spanish National Geological Institute (ING) said, shaking the ground in the villages of Mazo, Fuencaliente and El Paso.

The blocks of red-hot magma flowed down the side of the Cumbre Vieja volcano were the size of three-story buildings, the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining said on Sunday.

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La Palma volcano: 2,500 people confined as lava reaches cement factory

The La Palma volcano has become a large river of lava falling down towards the west of the island.

On its way, the lava has come into contact with an area of a cement factory in the vicinity of Tajuya, which has produced a large cloud of gases that is being analysed.

For the time being, as a precaution until the results are available, the safety committee has ordered the confinement of nearby areas, affecting some 2,500 people.

The lava currently covers 525 hectares and has damaged and destroyed 1,281 buildings. 

Photo: Reuters / Sergio Pérez


La Palma volcano eruption update: high lava effusion rates, new lava arm at the sea, speculation about seismic activity

Volcanodiscovery.com - The eruption continues with steady lava fountaining from the lower vent and strong degassing and ash emission from the upper vents, but is much less noisy compared to yesterday, to the relief of people living in the area many of whom were terrorized by the extreme noise of the eruption in recent days.

The decrease of sound intensity is however not an indication of what state the eruption is in its deeper underground. It is mostly reflecting how gasses can escape and interact with the ambient air at the very surface. 

Photo by Jorge Guerrero / AFP

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La Palma volcano lava tubes 

Cumbre Vieja eruption on Monday morning

The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute has released new footage, taken on Monday morning, of the continuing eruption on Cumbre Vieja as the partial cone collapse results in a fresh lava surge.

Satellite images of lava flow

The EU's Copernicus earth observatory has released satellite images of the lava flow on La Palma, captured on October 10. 

Lava flow forms "kipuka" on La Palma

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La Palma "is safe to visit"

The president of La Palma's regional government, Mariano Hernández Zapata, has stressed that the island is still completely safe and has "much to offer" visitors. There has been a spate of so-called "volcano tourism" since the eruption began and tourists should not be put off travelling to other parts of the island and enjoying the local products on offer to help La Palma's recovery.


La Laguna residents preparing to leave their homes

Residents in La Laguna have been living with great uncertainty since Cumbre Vieja erupted three weeks ago. Many of them already have their suitcases packed in case they are advised to leave their homes and evacuate the area.

"The intensity of the eruption surprised us all"

"We need to remain alert to the situation but there is no need to be worried. Some of the tremors have been strong enough to have been felt, but as the IGN and INVOLCAN both confirmed, they are happening in the same zones as on 11 September, which led to the eruption. The pattern has remained the same. The intensity of the eruption has surprised us all, it will surpass others which have been recorded in recent history. At the moment, there are no signs that activity will cease". 

Vicente Soler, CSIC volcanologist

Lava streams on the north side of the volcano being carefully monitored

Pevolca Technical Director Miguel Ángel Morcuende detailed how Cumbre Vieja's activity has increased on the north face of the volcano. He explained that there are now two streams of lava on the north face, one of which is advancing at a rate of 5 metres per hour.

How much of your city would the expanse of lava in La Palma cover?

El País provides an interactive visual of just how much of your city the lava flow in La Palma would cover. If you type in any street or city in the box "busca una calle o municipio" the interactive display will superimpose the lava flow.

The delta formed out of molten rock that is pushing into the ocean will require map makers to redraw the coastlines, especially for ships. There are several monuements from around the world that could easily fit on the nearly 40 hectares of new land.

VHR mapping of La Palma eruption foiled again

Observers at Copernicus, the EU's earth observation agency, were unable to get Very High Resolution images of the developing situation on the ground due to cloud cover over La Palma as the vocanic activity continues unabated.

La Palma volcano eruption: aerial footage shows huge boulders in lava flow


La Palma volcano eruption: aerial footage shows huge boulders in lava flow

Boulders the size of buildings in lava flow

The latest activity on Cumbre Vieja, which has led to a partial cone collapse near the volcano's emission vent, has sent huge lumps of rock the size of three-storey buildings down the mountain in the lava flow, as this dramatic footage from the Spanish Institute of Mining and Geology shows.

La Palma volcano eruption, live updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live blog for Monday 11 October 2021, bringing you the latest updates and information on the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma.