May 30, 2023

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In La Palma volcanic bombs fall from the sky, schools and the airport are closed

Lavas fall on La Palma

Airport operator Ena announced Tuesday that all flights to La Palma Island have been canceled due to high levels of volcanic ash in the air. In some parts of the island, high concentrations of sulfur dioxide were measured in the air, forcing 22 schools to close, RTVE reports. Then there is the notable occurrence of “lava bombs”.

Pictures from the Canary Islands Volcano Observatory show smoke and ash deposits in the atmosphere on Tuesday. On one side of it, the company said, “volcanic bombs” were found. Such volcanic eruptions occur when a volcano erupts, erupting pieces of the volcano at the same time. The lava cools in the air and reaches the ground as a solid.

Volcanic bombs can fly several kilometers from a volcanic chimney and can sometimes be very large. Harry Geiger, a geochemist at the German University of Albert-Ludwigs-University, who is currently researching volcanic eruptions in La Palma, was able to accidentally capture such a volcanic bomb last week. His video footage shows the volcanic eruption rolling on a mountain about a kilometer away from the mouth of the volcano. This model is about one meter in diameter. It was very heavy and gave off heat of about 900 degrees Celsius.

Since the eruption of La Palma volcano on September 19, the volcano and ash have destroyed or damaged more than 2,700 buildings. Some 975 hectares are covered by volcanic eruptions several meters thick.

More than 7,000 people, or about 10% of the population of the Spanish island, have been safely evacuated as a precaution. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported so far. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Experts hope to be active for some time.

La Palma has been rocked by a strong earthquake since it erupted on Saturday about six weeks ago. These are 5.0 magnitude earthquakes. The tremor was felt in La Palma, but also in Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro. No significant damage was reported.

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