November 29, 2021

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Explosion in the Canaries: All flights were canceled in La Palma

The airport manager announced on Saturday that all flights scheduled for the Spanish island of La Palma had been canceled due to the ash of the Cumbre Vieja volcano that had erupted for two months.

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AA spokesman for the manager of Spanish airports (ENA) said a total of 20 domestic flights had been canceled on Saturday.

Air links with the island in the Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco have been severely affected since the volcanic eruption on September 19 for the first time in 50 years.

The eruption on this small Atlantic island of 85,000 people caused no casualties, but caused severe damage and displaced more than 7,000 people, some of whom lost everything under the lava.



In total, more than 1,000 hectares and more than 2,600 buildings were destroyed, according to European geological measurements Copernicus. According to the region, temporary material damage was estimated at nearly 900 million euros on Friday.

Visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Friday and Saturday, he announced new aid for the island’s economy and infrastructure, which is particularly dependent on tourism and banana cultivation.

After the eruptions of San Juan in 1949 and Tenigua in 1971, La Palma Island is currently experiencing the third eruption in a century.

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