La Palma Volcano Eruption in Canary Islands - How will it impact the world?
The La Palma volcano is extremely active this week. Prior to this it had been quiet for 50 years. This is not only a concerning situation for those on the island, but potentially for everyone in areas connected to the Atlantic Ocean.
I've assembled some information so keep reading down the page. There is a local man doing live video updates on YouTube. I'm including them.
I'm also including information regarding how an eruption could set of a massive tsunami across all parts of the Atlantic Ocean.
I'll update as the situation develops.
September 20th update from Bushcraft Bear
September 21 update
Explanation regarding tsunami threat
The volcano last erupted in 1971.
Before that, in 1949.
It lies in the south of La Palma island, which is home to around 80,000 people.
And while the safety of those 80,000 locals is the first concern, the Cumbre Vieja volcano threatens a far bigger catastrophe. If a larger ‘flank event’ were to occur –a bigger eruption– then tens of millions of lives could be at risk.
This is according to a study conducted by Steven Ward and Simon Day:
“Geological evidence suggests that during a future eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the Island of La Palma may experience a catastrophic failure of its west flank, dropping 500 km3 of rock into the sea. Using a geologically reasonable estimate of landslide motion, we model tsunami waves produced by such a collapse. Waves generated by the run-out of a 500 km3 slide block at 100 m/s could transit the entire Atlantic Basin and arrive on the coasts of the Americas with 10-25 m height.”
This is a very dangerous volcano.
La Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma threatens to send a 80+ foot tsunami washing over the entire eastern seaboard. The majority of Atlantic coastal towns and cities could be washed away, too — including those in Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the UK, Portugal, and all of western Africa.