The new volcano is the most damaging among the historical eruptions on La Palma
The new volcano that began to erupt in La Palma on September 19th is now officially the most damaging among the historical eruptions that occurred on the island of La Palma since records began. Until now, the eruption of El Charco in 1712 was the most destructive, affecting 441 hectares of land, but the new one has almost doubled that now, according to Involcan and Carmen Romero, a renowned professor of the University of La Laguna.
According to the latest measurement by the European Copernicus satellite system, carried out at noon on Monday, the flows from the new volcano cover an area of 811.8 hectares.
Involcan have made a list of the eight historical eruptions of La Palma and the areas that their respective lava flows affected, as follows:
1). Tacande 1430-1447 (424 hectares)
2). Tehuya 1585 (338 hectares)
3). Tigalate 1646 (296 hectares)
4). San Antonio 1677-1678 (210 hectares)
5). Charco 1712 (441 hectares)
6). San Juan 1949 (323 hectares)
7). Teneguía 1971 (276 hectares)
8). The new volcano 2021-? (811.8 hectares so far)
Involcan qualifies that there are lava flows from some eruptions that overlap and this must be taken into account, such as the flows from 1585 and 1712, and those of 1677/78 and 1971.
Furthermore, only the emerged part of the streams is considered, so except for the first eruption (Tacande), whose streams did not reach the sea, the total surface is always slightly higher than that considered for each eruptive event.