The technicians of the Volcanic Emergency Plan of the Canary Islands (Pevolca) see positive signs that the extinction of the eruption of the volcano of La Palma could be near: a lower explosivity, which has in turn led to a decrease in the levels of carbon dioxide emitted.
Experts point out that we are in a key week. “If this trend continues, we are doing well, “says Carmen López, the spokeswoman of the Pevolca technical committee, while explaining that in the coming days air quality can be a determining factor.
The decrease of the tremor signal from noon on Tuesday and the downward trend of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the plume are the parameters that make experts think about it, in addition to the seismic activity, which is maintained in the same areas and depths.
Although the evolution of tremor and SO2 emissions data “are positive signs, there is no doubt,” Lopez said they are still “very high values”.
In parallel, the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded on Wednesday in Mazo a third earthquake of magnitude 5, the highest since the volcanic eruption began on September 19.
Three days after classes were suspended in the municipalities of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Tijarafe and Puntagorda as a result of the ash expelled by the volcano, the poor air quality continues, which in Los Llanos de Aridane it’s “extremely unfavorable”.
Precisely because of the poor quality of the air, the Cabildo of La Palma has decided to stop the device of accompaniment of collection of goods in all the neighborhoods.