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La Palma: volcano breaks a sad record

The volcano on La Palma has had a sad record since Sunday. He has never been active for so long in a row.

La Palma – The volcano has been spitting ash and lava on La Palma for months. Now the volcanic eruption, with a duration of 86 days since Monday (December 13th, 2021), is considered to be the longest in the known history of the Canary Island. So far, the eruption of the Tehuya volcano in 1585 was the longest at 84 days, although no reliable data is available on earlier eruptions.

The activity of the as yet nameless volcano in the Cumbre Vieja mountain range has decreased somewhat in the past few days, but volcanological experts still do not dare to predict when it will end. “The indicators point to a slowdown. The best news is that they are stable, ”said the President of the Island Council, Mariano Hernández Zapata, the TV broadcaster RTVE.

Volcanic eruption on La Palma: hope for the end of the nightmare

However, the record of all the Canary Islands is still a long way off: The Timanfaya volcano was active on Lanzarote for no less than 2055 days between 1730 and 1736. The Canaries in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa are all of volcanic origin.

Asche bedeckt die Straßen und Häuser. Ein neuer Lavastrom hat auf der Vulkaninsel La Palma weitere Häuser zerstört.


Ash covers the streets and houses. A new lava flow has destroyed other houses on the volcanic island of La Palma.

Meanwhile, the hope of an early end to the nightmare is growing on La Palma. “Activity is currently low and appears to indicate that the volcano is entering its terminal phase. But you can never be sure ”, the spokesman for the volcanological institute Involcán, David Calvo, was quoted in the newspaper El Mundo. The Canarian regional president Ángel Víctor Torres had previously stated: “We are told that there is scientific evidence that it could be over before the end of the year. We hope that it will happen as soon as possible, tomorrow rather than the day after tomorrow. “

Volcanic eruption on La Palma: devastating consequences for the population

The consequences of the volcanic eruption on La Palma are devastating. Since the eruption on September 19, the lava, which can be up to 1,300 degrees Celsius, has destroyed almost 2,900 buildings, according to the latest official report. Most recently, almost 1200 hectares were covered by a meter-thick layer of lava, which corresponds to around 1.7 percent of the island’s territory. More than 7,000 residents have had to be evacuated since the volcano erupted.

Lavaströme fließen den Hang hinunter. Der Vulkan auf La Palma ist seit 86 Tagen aktiv.


Lava flows flow down the slope. The volcano on La Palma has been active for 86 days.

Banana cultivation, which is important for the island, is particularly hard hit, from which around half of the approximately 85,000 inhabitants live directly or indirectly and which was already in crisis before the volcanic eruption.

The tourism sector is also lamenting losses. Some time ago, Regional President Torres estimated the total financial damage to be around 700 million euros. (ktho / dpa)

Picture list: © Emilio Morenatti / dpa

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