After 3 tense months La Palma volcano eruption could be over

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After 3 tense months La Palma volcano eruption could be over
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After 3 tense months the La Palma volcano eruption could be over.

La Palma residents are finally daring to hope that the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruptions could be over. Residents have survived a staggering number of earthquakes along with three months of molten lava and ash plumes. Earlier this week toxic gases meant that residents had to be confined to their houses for their own safety. Brit tourists in Tenerife also saw their flights cancelled due to ash and toxic gases.

On Monday evening, December 13, the volcano fell silent. According to experts, more than 36 hours have passed with little seismic activity. This suggests that the volcano may have finally worn itself out.

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Scientists though have not ruled out the possibility of volcanic eruptions starting again. However, they believe this is unlikely.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting on September 19 and many people had to be evacuated as their homes were devoured by lava. The Canary Islands government has confirmed that: “volcanic activity has fallen to almost nothing.”

Speaking to The Associated Press geology expert Valentin Troll commented: “We cannot be 100% sure, as the volcano has been playing a few tricks over the last weeks.”


The co-author of a geology study of the Canary Islands added: “But many parameters have now subsided, and I think the volcano is indeed in decline now.”


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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