‘It’s quite terrifying!’ As volcanic ash continues to fall from the sky, the airport in La Palma has been closed.
THE CANARY ISLANDS are still grappling with the fallout from a volcanic explosion that occurred only last week. The airport in La Palma is now closed, leaving tourists and residents trapped.
As the ash fallout from the eruption worsens, the airport has been closed. Last Sunday, a volcanic eruption occurred near La Palma.
Many houses on the tourist island of La Palma have been buried and entirely destroyed by the lava.
Since the eruptions, more than 6,000 tourists and residents have been evacuated.
Two more mouths emerged yesterday, releasing more lava and causing visible shockwaves.
“It was quite alarming,” a witness said.
Acid rain and ash have fallen from the sky as a result of the disaster.
As the situation has worsened, the airport in La Palma has declared that it would be closed while cleaning activities are carried out.
The news was made today by the airport authority AENA in a message shared on Twitter.
It said: “Loudspeaker for public address. Due to ash deposition, the #LaPalma #airport is closed.
“Cleaning tasks have begun, but anything can happen at any time.
“The most important thing is to keep operations safe.”
Other Canary Islands airports are still operational.
Travelers should, however, contact their airlines to ensure the status of their journey.
The topic was examined by Mara José Blanco, Director of the National Geographic Institute, as well as other potential threats.
A entire or partial collapse of the volcanic cone, she explained, is a “risk” and the “worst possible situation.”
She also expressed concerns about “more fluid lava, larger pyroclasts, and heavy ashfall.”
Volcanic tremors have increased in intensity since the eruption six days ago.
Yesterday’s tremor was stronger than those recorded on Monday and Tuesday this week.
This resulted in the evacuation of another 160 persons living in three El Paso neighborhoods, including Tajuya, Tacande de Arriba, and Tacande de Abajo.
The island’s volcanic traffic light remains red.
To safeguard its telescopes from the ash, the Roque de Los Muchachos observatory has closed its doors.
“Given the presence of ash in the air, and in order to protect the optical systems of the telescopes, we have proceeded to close operations,” a spokeswoman revealed.
Rita Sobot contributed additional reporting.