We approach by drone flight to the beating and scorching heart of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, which continues to pump large lava flows from deep areas of the caldera, which reaches 1250 degrees in temperature. The images are breathtaking.
On Saturday, the main cone broke because it could not support its own weight and also due to the force of the explosions. The result was a huge lava flow, with large blocks moving down the slope towards the sea.
There are currently two active casts. In one of the flows, to the north, the lava circulates very fluidly, invading new areas, mainly grasslands. The other stream, to the south, moves at 30 meters per hour. Destruction has already reached about half a thousand buildings and another 1,600 are in danger. It has also taken more than 16 kilometers of roads.
The crater is emitting 25,000 tons of sulfur per day. There is also a huge amount of ash, which has covered more than 1300 hectares and it greatly affects nearby municipalities. Still, the air quality, as measured, is correct and poses no health hazards.
However, experts recommend that neighbors use FFP2 masks and goggles if they are going to clean ash from roofs or rooftops, because this can cause bronchial and eye problems. They also ask all the inhabitants who are less than five kilometers from the volcano to take extreme precautions because explosions can break glass in homes.
Neighbors evacuated on Friday in a hurry from Tacande de Arriba, Tacande de Abajo and Tajuya, will be able to return to their homes. However, the authorities remain alert in case the Cumbre Vieja volcano unleashes its fury again.