The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, which lasted for two months, again paralyzed the air movement on the Canary Island. According to an airport spokesperson, all 20 flights were canceled on Saturday due to volcanic ash. Cumbre Vieja is located 15 kilometers west of the airport. Huge amounts of lava have already destroyed more than 1,000 hectares of land and about 2,600 buildings, and about 7,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.
The volcano erupted on September 19 for the first time in 50 years. On Friday, authorities estimated temporary damages at 900 million euros. During his visit on Friday and Saturday in La Palma, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced new aid for the island’s economy and infrastructure. Tourism and banana cultivation are among the most important branches of the economy in La Palma, where about 85,000 people live.
Accessed November 20, 2021 at 9:10 am at https://www.sn.at/panorama/international/vulkanausbruch-etzt-erneut-flugverkehr-auf-la-palma-lahm-112801921
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