All flights to and from the Spanish island of The Palma was canceled due to ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has been erupting since September.
Twenty domestic flights were canceled on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Spanish airport authority said.
Air travel to the island of the Spanish Canary Islands, off the Atlantic coast of North Africa, has been regularly affected since the volcano erupted on September 19 for the first time in 1950 years.
Lava and smoke rise from Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, November 19, 2021. Today all flights to and from the Spanish island have been canceled
No one died in the eruption on the island of 85,000 people, but it caused severe damage and led to the evacuation of more than 7,000 people, with some buildings engulfed by the lava flows.
More than 1,000 hectares of land and more than 2,600 buildings have been destroyed, according to the European geospatial measurement system Copernicus.
The provisional damage was estimated Friday at nearly 900 million euros ($ 1 billion), according to the region.
During a visit on Friday and Saturday, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced new aid for the island’s economy and infrastructure, which depends in particular on tourism and banana cultivation.
The island of La Palma is experiencing its third eruption in a century, after those of the San Juan volcano in 1949 and Teneguia in 1971.
Scientists said the latest eruption could last up to three months.
Pictured: Lava streams flow from the La Palma side towards the ocean on Friday following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island. Twenty domestic flights were canceled on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Spanish airport authority said due to the volcano
Pictured: Cumbre Vieja volcano, appears on November 19, 2021 in La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The volcano currently has three active fronts
This is not the first time that all flights to and from the island have been canceled, with the same happening earlier this month on November 3.
With flights canceled, some tourists who traveled to the island on a sightseeing trip to witness the eruption had to queue for ferries to leave the island.
Madrid resident Patricia Privado, 30, described the erupting volcano earlier this month as “a spectacle of nature”.
“Worth it,” she said of her trip. “Hear him roar, see how the lava falls. You have to experience it. ‘
Leon Pena, 65, said he came from the neighboring island of Fuerteventura to see what he called “something unique”.
The two said they knew flight cancellations were a possibility, but that didn’t stop them from heading to La Palma.
Pictured: Lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, Los Llanos de Aridane, on November 19, causing smoke to rise above the buildings below
Lava and smoke rise from Cumbre Vieja volcano as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, November 19, 2021
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on September 19 and has been spitting smoke, ash and lava ever since, wreaking havoc on the island found off the coast of Africa.
They also viewed their trips as a way to support the local economy by spending money on the island, which suffered greatly from the eruption.
Earlier this month, locals wondered where the financial aid promised by the Spanish government was.
In October, the government pledged 225 million euros in aid and in early November some 21 million euros were disbursed.
Sanchez said at the time that his administration would transfer an additional 18.8 million euros for the agriculture and fishing industries and 5 million euros to tackle the “social side” of the crisis.
The constant roar of the volcano and the numerous earthquakes also kept locals on their toes, and earlier in the month fears were again raised about the possibility of toxic gas being released into the air as the second lava flow reached the Atlantic Ocean.
The molten rock stream, which began to erupt in mid-September, reached the water near the popular Los Guirres Beach surf spot on November 1.
A video uploaded by the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mines at the time showed rivers of molten rock sliding into the sea and large boulders tumbling down a cliff, causing a cone of debris to emerge from the line of flotation.
Pictured: Members of the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) monitor gas emissions in an ash-covered area of Las Manchas
Pictured: Ashes cover the ground and roofs of houses near the volcano
Unlike the first time lava hit the ocean – a little over a month ago – authorities have said there is no need for residents to stay indoors.
“New lockdowns are not needed as populations are far from the point of contact with the sea that occurred last night,” an emergency services spokesperson told Reuters earlier this month.
Few people live in the affected area, which is mainly made up of banana plantations.
At the start of the eruption, authorities feared that the reaction between the superheated lava and seawater could set off powerful explosions and set off clouds of toxic gases.
In the last major eruption on the island, around 50 years ago, a man died after inhaling such gases.
The La Palma council said on Tuesday that seismic activity around the eruption site, as well as emissions of toxic sulfur dioxide, had declined and air quality remained good across most of the country. Isle.