The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been active for 50 days. / EUROPA PRESS

After 50 days there is still no end in sight of the eruption of La Palma's volcano

At the weekend the rate of lava emission increased again although the air quality levels on the island have improved


The Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, has been active for 50 days and there is still no indication of when the eruption will end.

Since the volcano started to erupt and spew molten lava on 19 September more than 7,000 residents from nearby areas have been evacuated, of which more than 2,000 are directly affected by having homes where the lava flows. Some 1,576 are residents of Los Llanos de Aridane, 391 of El Paso and 122 in the municipality of Tazarote.

According to the latest update of the Copernicus satellite monitoring programme, the lava has now covered 992.4 hectares, affecting or destroying 2,719 buildings as well as other infrastructure. There are 73.4 kilometres of roads destroyed that have been destroyed and another 3.3km that have been damaged.

At the weekend the lava emission rate from the volcano increased, but mainly flowing over old streams, with only the occasional overflow, according to the director of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca), Miguel Ángel Morcuende.

But scientific teams have also recorded a reversal of vertical deformation in most of the ground stations located in the area of the volcano, assured Morcuende at a press conference.

Carmen López, spokesperson for the scientific committee that monitors the volcano also had some positive news, pointing out that the air quality levels are "good" or "reasonably good", although the height of the ash cloud reaches 2,700 metres in height. Seismicity is also reported to be low in deep areas.