Volcano Eruption:

Volcano Eruption:


Volcano Eruption:

Volcano Eruption

The eruption was an enormous, explosive event that the world would never forget. It released vast quantities of ash, pumice, and gas, killing a volcanologist and a few unlucky tourists. It sent a plume of smoke and ash miles into the sky, and created a new “apocalyptic” landscape of huge lava flows. The brown clouds of smog from Kilauea enveloped the surrounding islands.

La Palma Volcano Eruption Update: Activity Decreases a Bit, While Lava Flows Continue to Eat New Land

Lava flow activity has decreased a bit compared to yesterday and especially the day before yesterday. Observers reported seeing less lava on the upper and central part of the flow field. At the vents, a series of loud explosions occurred early in the morning, at around 4 a.m. local time. (Source: www.volcanodiscovery.com)

La Palma Volcano Eruption Update: New Lava Surge at the Vent Observed

The eruption has shifted most of the visible activity to the area close to the vents again. Like yesterday, there were continuous low lava fountains with dense ash emissions, producing a plume reaching over 3,000 m altitude, as well as a new significant lava overflow from the vents. The ash and steam plume reached more than 3,000 m height today.

La Palma Volcano Eruption Update: Eruptive and Seismic Activity Increase

After almost 2 months of continuous eruption, there are no signs it might end soon. On the contrary, the activity - both external and internal (seismic) - has continued to intensify today again, with strong ash emissions during extended phases and more surface lava flows near the vent as well as downslope. Volcanic tremor has been increasing, suggesting that the rate of magma flowing towards and erupting at the surface also has become higher again.

La Palma Volcano Eruption Update: Stable Activity, Lava Continues to Flow Into the Ocean

Activity continues with no significant changes, with similar intensity as during the past days, while on a very gradually decreasing trajectory. The eruption is now mainly effusive (i.e. producing lava flows). At the vents, explosive activity has been only intermittent and comparably weak recently, although still able to produce plumes rising to up to 2-3 km during phases of more intense activity such as this morning. (Source: www.volcanodiscovery.com)

Volcanic Eruptions

A volcano is an opening or rupture in the earth’s surface that allows magma (hot liquid and semi-liquid rock), volcanic ash and gases to escape. They are generally found where tectonic plates come together or separate but they can also occur in the middle of plates due to volcanic hotspots. A volcanic eruption is when lava and gas are released from a volcano—sometimes explosively. The most dangerous type of eruption is called a 'glowing avalanche' which is when freshly erupted magma flows down the sides of a volcano. They can travel quickly and reach temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Other hazards include ash fall, and lahars (mud or debris flows). Volcanoes often cause population displacement and food shortages. (Source: www.ifrc.org)



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