More than 17 thousand tons of sulfur dioxide are released per day and the average that would signal a decrease in volcanic activity is 100 tons
After nearly a month of constant activity, data on sulfur dioxide emissions, soil deformation and seismicity of the volcano Old Summit, in La Palma, in the Canary Islands, signal that there is no short or medium term forecast for the eruption to end. The information was provided by the spokesperson for the Volcanic Risk Prevention Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), María José Blanco. According to Pevolca, this Wednesday, 13. According to her, a cloud of gases 3 thousand meters high releases more than 17 thousand tons of sulfur dioxide a day. The average that would signal the proximity of the end of the eruption is 100 tons per day.
The north face of the volcano’s cone collapsed last Saturday, creating new lava outflows in some locations on the island. The steady flow is advancing slowly, but has caused the evacuation of 800 more people from the Los Llanos de Aridane region on Tuesday. One of the biggest concerns of scientists at the moment is the possible fall of the lava delta (accumulation of magma that has fallen into the sea) to greater depths of the ocean. If this occurs, waves of boiling water and the release of toxic gases can be registered on the island. Exclusion zones are maintained at the meeting point of the lava and the ocean and around the Cumbre Vieja.