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VOLCANO ERUPTION

Flights to La Palma suspended due to high level of volcanic ash

Levels of volcanic activity in Cumbre Vieja continue to vary significantly, amid the record-breaking eruption

12 December 2021, Spain, La Palma: A group of people watch the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. Flights were interrupted to La Palma in the Canary Islands on Tuesday due to an ongoing volcanic eruption. Photo: Delmi Álvarez/EUROPA PRESS/dpa.
A group of people watch the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. Photo: Delmi Álvarez/dpa.

Flights were interrupted to La Palma in the Canary Islands on Tuesday due to an ongoing volcanic eruption.

The regional airline Binter said it took the decision to suspend air traffic given the high level of volcanic ash in the air, as winds drove clouds eastwards towards the airport.

Levels of volcanic activity in Cumbre Vieja continue to vary significantly, amid the record-breaking eruption.

On Monday, there were violent explosions, with large amounts of gas and lava emitted from the volcano, while activity levels fell significantly on Tuesday, according to state broadcaster RTVE.

Vulcanologist Ruben Lopez said this latest change did not spell the end of the eruption. There have been repeated, brief periods of calm during the three-month eruption, most recently on Sunday. Lopez said afterwards the flow was even more violent, in comments to RTVE.

2.900 buildings destroyed

The volcano has destroyed nearly 2,900 buildings since it its eruption began, forcing some 7,000 people from their homes.

A metre-thick layer of lava, flowing at around 1,000 degrees Celsius, has covered some 1,200 hectares.

The lava has hardened into two new land coastal promontories, extending some 50 hectares in total.

Flights to La Palma suspended due to high level of volcanic ash
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