A volcanic eruption in La Palma, Spain has caught the attention of many people. This is because it recorded an ash plume that was reportedly one kilometer high and moved at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour. It also caused a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the mountain’s slope. The village below had to be evacuated due to fears about possible lava flows destroying homes. News reports say that this is not the first time something like this has happened on La Palma, but it may be the most devastating so far.
NASA’s Earth Observatory reports that this is the first sign of movement since the last eruption that occurred in 1971. An eruption 21 years before that happened in 1949, and before that, it was 1930 when there was a significant volcanic event. The plume was reported by pilots who were flying near the area. It took hours for news agencies to confirm that this was, indeed, a volcanic eruption and not just another minor explosion. The ash cloud was reported as high as 8 kilometers in the air before it began to dissipate.
The geological agency of Spain has stated that there is no risk of a volcanic eruption at this time because it is still an active volcano. The last known eruption that occurred on this mountain was in 1971 and it has remained dormant, or overlooked, ever since. There were no casualties reported as a result of this eruption.
The European Volcanological Society lists the last known eruption of Canaraju as occurring on September 16th, 1971 at 4:28 AM. They state that the volcano erupted for about seven minutes, sending an ash cloud high into the air. The report also says that there was a very strong explosive phase. This caused pieces of stone to be thrown up to 2 kilometers away from the summit of this mountain.
The eruption led to two lahars that were triggered by volcanic collapse during or just after the initial eruption. The lahars did not damage any villages, but they did affect roads and two bridges in the area. Scientists claim that this eruption caused no lava flows, which is what some people expected to be the result of this particular event.
The main concern at this time is whether or not it will happen again. There are fears about rising lava, which would certainly damage property and put people in danger. However, the second concern is that it may lead to another pyroclkgodf flow. This would be a more dangerous risk because of the speed at which it travels downhill and the fact that it is comprised mostly of ash, which does not dissipate as quickly as lava.
There is no way to know for sure whether or not this event will repeat itself, but scientists are closely monitoring the area for further signs of activity. It is not known when the next eruption will take place, but having a warning system in place would certainly make it easier to alert people in time for them to evacuate if necessary.
This is not the type of natural disaster that people expect to happen, especially when there has been no major activity in the area for over forty years.
This eruption and its impact on surrounding areas and villages is very important because it shows just how dangerous volcanic eruptions can really be. Perhaps safety precautions will be put into place if these events continue to occur.
This is good news for people who are dealing with volcanic activity on their own properties, either at home or on their farms, because some of these precautions may be able to help them survive the event. One example of this is a type of warning system that can detect early signs about an eruption and alert people in time for them to get out of the area.