A second lava flow from the La Palma volcano has finally reached the Los Guirres beach in Tazacorte, after being stalled for almost a month some 300 metres from the ocean.
Molten lava created a dense column of brown smoke as it tumbled 50 metres down the rockface onto the beach below. However, technicians from the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) organisation predicted that the flow would not rush into the ocean, some 50 metres away, since to gain ground it had to fill in many gaps.
Seismicity has remained similar in comparison to Monday, although it tends to show a decrease compared to previous weeks. Spain’s National Geographic Institute (IGN) detected 36 seismic movements on the island during the first hours of Tuesday. The strongest was in Mazo and registered a magnitude of 3.8 degrees, located 38 kilometres deep. However, one of the tremors had its focus just three kilometres below ground level.
Meanwhile, experts insist that the eruptive mouths have stabilised and that the indicators show that the activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano is decreasing, although there are still no signs that the eruption is going to end imminently.
The good news is that sulphur dioxide emissions registered values of between 9,000 and 13,000 tonnes per day, levels that, although high, reflect a significant drop in emissions. However, to signal the end the eruption, the sulphur dioxide in the volcanic plume should drop below 100 tonnes per day.
The authorities have advised that, as far as possible, the ash deposited on the rooftops should be removed by professionals, since three people have been injured when trying to clear the particles left on the roofs.
In Los Llanos, the town hall estimates that its 50-strong cleaning service team is removing more than 200 tonnes of tiny ash particles from the streets of the municipality every day.
Meanwhile authorities are trying to promote the arrival of cruise ships to La Palma. The viewpoints in Tajuya and El Time are being presented as ideal places for tourists to observe the roar of the volcano.