La Gomera landslide: no-one is trapped under rocks
Emergency services have given the good news confirming that no-one is trapped under the rocks that fell in Saturday afternoon’s landslide in Vallehermoso in La Gomera, by the entrance to the Argaga beach. Involcan (the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute) warn that there is still extreme danger in the area, so any work must be carried out with maximum caution.
The warning from Involcan said: “In view of the available information, the presence of a deep open sub-vertical fracture parallel to the slope is seen as the main cause of the landslide, together with the active erosion caused by waves that undermines the foot of the slope. This fracture caused the detachment of part of the slope. The process is still active. The entire front of the rock face, adjacent to the collapsed part, is still at maximum risk of further landslides. Any activity at the foot of these slopes is exposed to falling rocks, so the danger is extreme.”
The mayor of Vallehermoso, Emiliano Coello, and the Cabildo have said that the access to Argaga will be permanently closed, even after the work of the canine units has been successfully concluded and the security and emergency services have been deactivated. "Despite the notice and signage at the entrance of the road, which warns of danger, it is clear that it has not been enough to dissuade people to go there, and what has happened has led us to make this drastic decision, so, in accordance with the rest of the administrations, we will proceed to completely close this road“, said the mayor.
All the residents of the Argaga area, and the visitors who were unaccounted for, have now been tracked down and located, since the landslide happened.
The operation will now focus on stabilizing the slope, and the president of the Cabildo, Casimiro Curbelo, anticipates that this will require time and the trip to the island of specialists, "who are already on their way and will provide more information on the situation of the entire cliff."