Continuous violent super sonic explosions are happening in the Canary Islands now. The Cumbre Vieja volcano is now becoming hyper violent. These explosions are so powerful, they cause walls in buildings downslope to jerk violently repeatedly. One shot sonic explosions have happened in the past during eruptions of volcanoes but it is unusual to have constant, repeated sonic explosions. What does this mean?
The volcano had a tourist road to the summit and the observation deck there has been utterly annihilated by this eruption so it is closed now. Below, we can see the town that has been slowly evacuated until today when it is probably now going to be totally evacuated, one would hope.
The new phase for the volcano is highly dangerous and the evacuation zone has been greatly extended:
Activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to intensify, explosions have increased in the last hours, generating powerful shock waves, note the shock wave in the video.
New evacuations were ordered for the Tajuya areas and the rest of Tacande. Firefighters on the Spanish Island of La Palma have retreated due to intensifying volcanic explosions.
A social media post from the La Palma fire service said firefighters have “withdrawn from the area due to the intensification of explosive phenomena”.
Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto, speaking to Canal Sur radio on Monday, suggested that the eruption is a potential tourist attraction.
“The island is open,” she said. “If your hotel is affected, we will find you another one,” adding that if security is reinforced, tourists will be able to continue enjoying the island.
“Make the most of this opportunity to enjoy what nature has brought us,” she insisted.
Horrified people demanded she alter her invitation for more visitors so she backed off. Generally speaking, when a volcano has sonic booms of great power, this is a sign of great danger.
Flights were cancelled today due to the sonic booms making flying anywhere near the island extremely hazardous! So much for ‘bringing in more tourists’.
There were seven flights scheduled for Friday operated by Binter, Canaryfly and the national carrier, Iberia, but all were scrapped. “It is not yet possible to say when we can resume flights,” Spanish carrier Binter said on Twitter.
The lava flow has slowed down, another danger sign which suggests there is a lot more stuff in the volcano but it is being blocked which is why the sonic booms are nearly continuous now.
This sort of explosive sonic wave has happened before, recently in Papua, New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean:
This was a one time explosion when the vent opened up suddenly. What is happening in the Canary Islands event is constant sonic explosions. This is amazing to me and I would suggest the dangers of the eruption are now immensely more dangerous than ever before.
We can watch this live today: