La Palma Volcanic Eruption Shows No Sign of Slowing: Canaries’ President

By Reuters
October 17, 2021 Updated: October 17, 2021

LA PALMA, Spain—There’s no immediate end in sight to the volcanic eruption that has caused chaos on the Spanish isle of La Palma since it began about a month ago, the president of the Canary Islands says.

There were 42 seismic movements on the island on Oct. 17, the largest of which measured 4.3, according to the Spanish National Geographical Institute.

“There are no signs that an end of the eruption is imminent even though this is the greatest desire of everyone,” President Angel Víctor Torres said at a Socialist party conference in Valencia, citing the view of scientists.

Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma
The Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava as it continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tajuya, Spain, on Oct. 17, 2021. (Susana Vera/Reuters)

Streams of lava have laid waste to more than 742 hectares (1,833 acres) of land and destroyed almost 2,000 buildings on La Palma since the volcano started erupting on Sept. 19.

About 7,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on the island, which has about 83,000 inhabitants and forms part of the Canary Islands archipelago off northwestern Africa.

Airline Binter said it had canceled all its flights to La Palma until 1 p.m. on Oct. 17 because of ash from the volcano.

While almost half—22 out of 38—of all flights to the island on Oct. 17 have been canceled, state airport operator Aena said, the airport there remains open.

By Miguel Gutierrez