11 Mar La Palma eruption – 11th March 2022
La Palma eruption – 11th March 2022
After some stagnation due to safety checks, the first road across the lava flow has been opened to local residents. The road, which crosses about 200 m of relatively thin flows to the northwest of Montaña La Laguna, opens access to a small number of houses and large amounts of farmland that were previously isolated. El Time reported hot gases had been observed a little distance away from the new track, illustrating how hot the interior of these flows can still be. Work has also recently started on the Corazoncillo road in El Paso, which will be a 170 m path over very thin lava flows and work also continues on the roads of a Majada, Marta, Todoque and Aniceto. However, an open letter from the Neighbours Association has stressed the reopening of the La Laguna crossing and Cruz Chica Road, which connect to the LP-2 main road to the north, should be prioritised by authorities.
A demonstration of the Neighbours Association is planned for the 13th March according to El Time, due to the alleged unwillingness of the authorities to act on residents thoughts, despite the setting up of consultation workshops by those involved in the reconstruction for residents to attend. The third round of these will be taking place in the coming weeks, and nearly 500 residents have applied according to El Time. Elsewhere, accusations have been levelled at local energy providers by some of those affected for allegedly charging energy bills on houses that have been destroyed by the lava flows. Regarding houses, 104 temporary homes have been delivered so far according to the El Time newspaper and 50 are under negotiation. The authorities are also negotiating to find alternative temporary housing solutions for those affected who do not want the module wooden or container homes currently being offered. Finally, the La Bombilla and Puerto Naos areas are still evacuated due to high gas levels, which are now being made available online. The biggest concern is CO2, which is regularly recorded at very unfavourable (>2000 ppm) levels.
Source: El Time, Cabildo de La Palma
- Canary Islands Government -The Government approves an additional 2.1 million euros for people in ERTE on La Palma – here
- Canary Islands Government – Armas meets with the educational community and the mayors of the municipalities affected by the volcano – here
- Canary Islands Government – The Government of the Canary Islands authorizes the destination of 5 million euros to the local entities of La Palma – here
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Access photography taken around this time
- Resiste La Palma – Puerto Naos, which was evacuated during the eruption due to the high gas measurements, in March 2022 – here
The exclusion zones and road construction plans shown here have been approximated from press releases from the Cabildo de La Palma and will not be exact, nor claim to be official maps of the exclusion zones and road construction. For official information, please contact the Cabildo de La Palma.