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Volcano eruption will not end soon, Canary Islands President says

19:18, 17 October 2021
Volcano eruption will not end soon, Canary Islands President says Photo: Alexandra Schuler/dpa

Angel Víctor Torres warned citizens that lava will keep pouring as Spain has recorded more than 40 seismic movements on Sunday so far.


President of the Canary Islands Angel Víctor Torres announced on Sunday that the volcanic eruption that had hit the Canary Islands and especially La Palma was not bound to end in the near future. The President referred to scientists’ reports on the event.

"There are no signs that an end of the eruption is forthcoming though it is the greatest longing of everybody," Torres said during a Socialist party conference.

On Sunday the National Geographical Institute of Spain (IGN) recorded 42 seismic movements on and near the islands, the largest one reached a 4.3 magnitude.

Local airlines have announced that they canceled 22 out of 38 Sunday flights to La Palma due to huge masses of volcanic ash. Still, the airport remains functioning.

The volcano eruption took place on September 19. Around 7,000 citizens have been evacuated from the area since that date. On La Palma lava has devoured more than 742 hectares (1830 acres) of land so far while the number of the buildings ruined has approached 2,000.