La Palma eruption – 29th April 2022

La Palma eruption – 29th April 2022

Daily summary

In the area of Las Hoyas, near where the lava flows famously flowed down the cliffs onto the lava delta formed by the 1949 eruption, more areas have been reopened for restricted use by farmers and irrigators to tend to crops in the area. 37 more fanegas (1 fanega = 1.59 acres) have been opened in addition to the 87 which have recently been opened.

30 fanegas in the Las Hoyas area still remain closed due to the presence of high gas levels however, as well as the population centres of La Bombilla and Puerto Naos.

Regarding roads, works have continued on many projects across the lava flows and close to the volcano.

Emergency work has begun this week on the adaptation and paving of the Fran Santana forest track, which will provide an alternative connection to the Aridane Valley for those in Jedey and Las Manchas, two of the communities closest to the volcano to the south. It is estimated to take 2.5 months and cost €1.2 million.

To aid the many projects crossing the cooling lava flows, CSIC have now developed thermal maps of the lava flows, which can help to understand which areas are cooling the fastest, and which parts of the lava flow field would be the least problematic to work across.

They have also developed a similar tool which identifies the location of lava tubes within the lava flow field, which can help authorities identify parts which may be less stable than others.

In terms of housing, 14 of the municipal mayors of La Palma have asked for plans for the housing of those affected by the volcano and future tourism development around the volcano.

Similarly, according to El Time, Nieves Lady Barreto has called on the Government of the Canary Islands to think about permanent housing solutions now, as there are still affected people waiting on temporary housing solutions.

Sources: El Time, Cabildo de La Palma, IGN Spain, CSIC, Government of the Canary Islands

News articles

    • Cabildo La Palma – The Cabildo unblocks the Camino de La Aldea to give access to families and farmers isolated by lava flows – here
    • El Time – 700 families and 2,000 people have been assisted by Cáritas during the volcanic emergency- here
    • El Time- INVOLCAN prepares a wide gas monitoring network inside the buildings of Puerto Naos – here
    • El Time – La Laguna claims pedestrian corridors at the reopened crossing for the safety of residents and tourists – here
    • El Time – The Cabildo makes effective the payment of almost 11 million to those affected – here
    • El Time – Emergency works begin on the Fran Santana forest road to connect El Paso with Las Manchas – here
    • El Time – The Single Registry has already resolved 5,588 applications for those affected by the volcano            – here

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  • Access photography taken around this time
    • Resiste La Palma – Drone photography of the state of the lava flows and roads at the end of April – here
    • Resiste La Palma – Camino Cabrejas, the municipality of Tazacorte, as of 04-27-2022 – here

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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.

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