When will the volcano in La Palma explode again? ‘Be more cautious.’
According to a VOLCANO expert, “nobody can actually forecast” when the La Palma eruption would occur again, although the current issue will most likely be ended by Christmas. This website spoke with Ian Skilling, a senior lecturer in geology at South Wales University, about the eruption.
On September 19, the La Palma volcano erupted, resulting in major evacuations and the destruction of many homes. The lava reached the sea on September 28 and produced clouds of white steam when it came into touch with the water.
“It’s no surprise that this happened on Gran Canaria, because it’s the Canary Islands’ most recently active location,” Ian explained.
“The most recent eruption was in 1971, and there was another one in the 1940s.”
“Right now, there are a lot of predictions suggesting that the eruption would last a certain amount of time and that the next one will be in 30 years or whatever.”
“But, to be honest, no one knows for sure.” These eruptions can occur every few decades or hundreds of years.
“It’s quite tough to forecast. If this is the beginning of a series of eruptions, they might last years.
“However, because this eruption is most similar to the one that occurred in 1949, the most likely scenario is that it will subside before Christmas.”
Although it is difficult to forecast when another volcanic eruption would occur on the Canary Islands, Ian told this website that an eruption can be predicted a few weeks ahead of time.
“Within a few weeks of it happening, you start to get tremors that suggest the magma is coming closer to the surface,” he said.
Last week, the Spanish Tourism Minister sparked controversy by suggesting that the eruption should be used to promote volcanic tourism on the island.
Volcano tourism can be extremely dangerous, as the volcano’s toxic gases can badly harm people’s lungs.
“It’s not a particularly deadly volcano,” Ian explained, “as we can see from the fact that no fatalities have occurred.” The lava is travelling at a snail’s pace.
“When the lava hits the coast, it can get a little more dangerous as a few more explosions occur.
“The explosions have the potential to render the coast extremely unstable, causing it to collapse into the ocean,” according to Brinkwire Summary News.