October 7, 2022

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Good news for La Palma residents on Christmas Day: the eruption is officially over |  Instagram news VTM

Good news for La Palma residents on Christmas Day: the eruption is officially over | Instagram news VTM

palmThe local authorities officially declared the end of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma on Saturday. There has been intense volcanic activity for more than three months. Regional Security Minister Julio Pérez announced: “It took 85 days and 18 hours, but today the scientific committee can say that the volcanic eruption is over.”

The Canary Island volcano erupted on September 19 for the first time in 50 years. The lava destroyed thousands of buildings as well as swathes of farmland. Thousands of people had to be evacuated. Residents were also regularly unable to leave their homes due to the toxic sulfur fumes that were released. Damage from the explosion is estimated at 900 million euros.

It was the longest eruption on the island since records began in 1500. The eruption also halted air traffic to La Palma at regular intervals.

Rewatch: Volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma

There is no volcanic activity

The volcano has been inactive for about two weeks, but the authorities wanted to wait until Christmas Day to confirm that the crisis in La Palma had ended. Several sources, including the National Geographic Institute of Spain, previously reported that the volcano no longer emits lava or sulfur dioxide. Since no volcanic activity has been measured yet, experts estimate it is “unlikely” that the volcano will cause additional damage.

Currently 6,500 people are still unable to return to their homes or what is left. blast Killed one person. The body of a 73-year-old man was found eight weeks after the eruption began. Police assumed that the man, who lived in a restricted area in the municipality of Los Llanos de Arridan, died after the roof of his house collapsed.

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The houses were completely covered with ash after the volcanic eruption. © AFP

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