© Reuters. A screenshot from drone footage shows lava flowing after a volcano erupts in Cumbre Vieja Park, on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on September 26, 2021. REUTERS TV via REUTERS
LA PALMA (Reuters) – The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma reopened on Sunday, although all flights were canceled after the volcano spewed lava and ash clouds spewing over the surrounding area a week after it began erupting.
People used parachutes to protect themselves from falling volcanic money, while the airport departures hall was quiet and paintings only showed canceled flights.
“They laugh at us because of the canopy, but if we don’t use it we end up covered in ashes,” said engineer Waldo Nasco.
On Sunday, experts said there were two active lava flows, one fast-moving to the north and one slower-moving to the south.
“We have a flow to the north that is moving fast… This lava is coming from more inland areas of the crater and its temperature is about 1250 degrees [Celsius]Miguel Angel Morquinde, director of the Pevolca Volcanic Response Committee, said at a news conference on Sunday.
Reuters drone footage showed a rapid river of red-hot lava flowing down the crater slopes, past homes, and swaths of land and buildings engulfed in a black mass of slowly-moving ancient lava.
Lava destroyed the village church in Todoc on Sunday afternoon, and the bell tower collapsed under the flow. He narrowly escaped earlier in the week when lava stopped a short distance from the church.
Morquinde said the evacuees from Takande de Arriba, Takande de Abajo and Taguya will be able to return home.
Spanish airport operator Aena said the airport reopened after teams removed ash from the runway. But Pinter, Canary Island’s airline, said it would not allow flights today due to conditions.
“The ash cloud arising from the eruption of the volcano makes it necessary to maintain the temporary suspension of flights to La Palma… Flights scheduled for today have been cancelled,” she said in a statement, adding that flights will be suspended until conditions allow. safely.
Proximity and solidarity
Pope Francis sent a message of “closeness and solidarity” to those affected by the eruption during his weekly blessing in St Peter’s Square.
In La Palma, churches held a special mass for those affected.
“There are a lot of people who are going through very bad times so we are praying for them,” Magali Zarate, 49, from Mexico, said after mass at the Colegio Sagrada Familia de Nazareth church, where people outside had shoveled the volcanic ash.
Zarate was on vacation in La Palma and was unable to return home because her flight was cancelled.
Comper Vega https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/iberia-binter-cancel-some-flights-la-palma-due-volcanic-ash-2021-09-24 The volcano, whose eruption began last Sunday, Experts said a new explosive phase on Friday. On Saturday, the National Institute of Geography and Mining said its drones showed the volcano’s cone had broken.
The eruption has destroyed hundreds of homes and forced nearly six thousand people to evacuate nearly six thousand since it began on September 19.
“La Palma Airport is back in business. After progress in ash clean-up work, it can now reopen,” Aina wrote on Twitter.
Travelers faced canceled flights on Saturday, and many joined long lines at the port in hopes of getting a boat from the island.
On Sunday, ferry operator Fred Olsen Express said it will add an additional round trip between La Palma and Tenerife Monday through Wednesday.
“The Fred Olsen Express will increase its communications … to continue to meet the demand for transportation created by the volcanic eruption emergency,” it said in a statement.
La Palma, with a population of over 83,000, is one of the archipelagos made up of the Canary Islands.
No deaths or serious injuries have been reported since the volcano eruption, but about 15% of the island’s economically vital banana crop https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/farmers-despair-volcano-ravages-la-palmas-banana -crop-2021-09-24 You may be at risk, putting thousands of jobs at risk.