The erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano. / EUROPA PRESS

Watch as experts warn of risk of rain runoff, mud and landslides on La Palma

Heavy rain is expected to hit the island this Thursday and Friday, where the eruption of the volcano enters its ninth week


The technical director of Pevolca, the Canary Island volcano emergency action programme Miguel Ángel Morcuende, has asked the population of La Palma to take extra care and avoid travelling through valleys and unstable slopes as heavy rain starts to sweep across the island.

Morcuende pointed out that this Thursday (25 November) it will rain in the north and east of the island, and on Friday up to 15mm of rain per hour is expected to fall. For this reason, and in order to guarantee people's safety, Morcuende has asked residents to avoid areas at risk due to the possibility of rain runoff, mud and landslides.

Volcanic tremors

Meanwhile, the IGN volcanologist, Carmen López, has confirmed that the downward trend of volcanic tremors and seismic activity continues, while the vertical and horizontal deformations of the volcano remain stable.

This Thursday the wind will blow from the east and northeast, so the ash problems for air navigation will continue. Also, In the municipalities of Santa Cruz de La Palma, Breña Alta and Breña Baja, the use of FPP2 masks is recommended and outdoor sports are discouraged due to problems with the level of ash particles in the air.

The third lava delta that has formed on the coast of Tazacorte already measures 5 hectares and has travelled about 350 metres from the cliff. In addition, there have been several overflows in the lava channels and the active number has increased, but not affected new areas.

Morcuende said that the total affected area is now estimated at 1,088.84 hectares, an additional 15.63 hectares, and the lava delta located to the south remains at 43.46 hectares.


Five hundred housed in hotels

According to the European Copernicus satellite monitoring programme, the number of affected buildings on La Palma now amounts to 2,798, of which 2,676 have been totally destrouyed and 122 are in danger or at risk.

It is estimated that the cultivated areas hit now reaches 335.51 hectares, almost 9 more than the day before. Of these, 206.2 correspond to banana plantations, 60.01 to vineyards and 26.4 to avocado orchards.

The number of people being housed in hotels remains the same, a total of 505.