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US News: Volcanic eruption at La Palma: "Tourists can maintain their stay"

Lead 2-Spain-a volcano enlightened at the Palma to the Canary Islands

 Lead 2-Spain-a volcano enlightened at the Palma to the Canary Islands Spain-Volcano / (Lead 1): Lead 2-Spain-A volcano enlightening the Palma to the Canary Islands (updated with new items) La Palma, Spain, September 19 (Reuters) - a volcano was erupted on the Spanish island of La Palma in Canaries, sending lava jets and a plume of smoke and ash in the air. The eruption started at 15:15 local time (14h15 GMT) in the Cumbre Vieja National Park, in the south of the island, according to the Government of the Canaries.

Le nuage de cendres émis par le Cumbre Vieja est particulièrement surveillé car il est susceptible de perturber le trafic aérien. © Desiree Martin / AFP The cloud of ashes emitted by the Cumbre Vieja is particularly monitored because it is likely to disrupt air traffic.

A lava flow, then an uninterrupted smoke column. Since its eruption Entry on Sunday 19 September , the Cumbre Vieja volcano disrupts the daily life of part of the inhabitants of La Palma, one of the seven islands of the archipelago of the Canary Islands in Spain . Nearly 5000 inhabitants and a few hundred tourists have been evacuated from the few municipalities affected by the lava casting which seems now move more slowly .

What to compromise the French holidays who have planned to stay there soon? José Juan Lorenzo, director of the Canary Islands Tourist Office, evokes the on-site situation and delivers his recommendations to travelers.

Eruption in the Canary Islands: A hundred houses destroyed, 5,500 people evacuated

 Eruption in the Canary Islands: A hundred houses destroyed, 5,500 people evacuated © AFP L Es cast lava by the Cumbre Vieja volcano, entered on Sunday on the Spanish island of La Palma in Canaries, resulted in the 'Evacuation of about 5,500 people and destroyed a hundred houses down to the sea that they had to reach Monday night. According to the regional government of the tourist archipelago on the offshore coast of northwestern , a total of 5,500 people had to leave home since the beginning of the eruption. "We have no human loss to deplore (...) And I think it's the best n

Le Figaro - A few days after the beginning of the eruption, what is the situation on the spot?

José Juan Lorenzo - The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano touches a very localized area in the southwestern island La Palma . Some municipalities are affected by the lava casting and have been evacuated: El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte. Nearly a thousand tourists who were in this area were evacuated elsewhere in La Palma, while part of them chose to finish their stay in Tenerife. On Friday, the authorities ordered the evacuation of Tajuya, Abajo's Tajo and Roriba Tact, always in the scope of the volcano. While air traffic has been spared since the beginning of the phenomenon, flights from and to the Palma have been canceled since Friday 16 hours for an indefinite period. The inter-island ferries operate normally.

volcanic eruption in the Canaries. Will the lava casting reach the sea?

 volcanic eruption in the Canaries. Will the lava casting reach the sea? © Desiree Martin / AFP For the time being, columns of black fumes of several hundred meters high continue to rise from this volcano. Very worried about the progression of the lava casting of the Cumbre Vieja to the Atlantic Ocean, inhabitants, authorities and experts expect, helpless. It seems that the lava slows down herself.

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What do you advise to tourists who have planned to visit the Palma soon?

Those who planned to stay at La Palma outside the zone affected by the volcanic eruption can maintain their stay without any problem. I advise them, however, to contact their accommodation before they leave in order to inquire about the locally on site. The trajectory of the ash cloud is closely monitored and it is likely to disrupt air traffic. Here too, it is important to check the status of its flight with its airline. On site, tourists can keep us informed in real time on the Canaries Government website ( 112canarias.com ).

cut roads, closed parks ... Are the tourist activities maintained?

Tourism activities such as excursions are suspended only in affected municipalities. The phenomenon has no impact on travel conditions elsewhere on the island and throughout the archipelago.

The volcano on La Palma remains active .
of the cone of the volcano on the Canary Island La Palma is partially collapsed and the lava power towards the sea has reinforced. The more than 1000 degrees hot rock flows but on the same way downhill as before, the state Spanish TV channel RTVE reported on Monday. © Daniel Roca / AP / DPA The volcano on the Canary Island La Palma. The Lava has traveled more than 1000 buildings, of which 880 residential houses. Further evacuations should not first have become necessary.

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