Canary Islands: the danger after a volcanic eruption has not yet been avoided
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Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted in the Canary Islands. Already in the past few days there have been warnings of a catastrophe.
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupts in La Palma in the Canary Islands
Pictures show lava rolling down cliffs and destroying hundreds of homes
The danger has not yet been averted, and the spread of the disease has consequences for vacationers as well
At 3:12pm (December 16, CET) I started digging on Sunday Canary Islandspalm Spit fire. First, people in the southwest listened to Spain Belonging to the holiday island a loud explosion. The earth in the mountain range was split in several places old summit (old top). Rocks flew out of the vents. Since then, glowing liquid magma has seeped from several craters and flowed down the mountain toward the sea.
The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano destroyed about a hundred homes. On Monday, authorities announced that 5,500 people had been taken to safety. Meanwhile, Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto has sparked outrage at the suggestion that the “wonderful natural scenery” could be turned into a “tourist attraction”.
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The Explosion It declared itself within days of small earthquakes in La Palma. A total of more than 25,000 tremors were detected in the past week. The most violent event occurred early Sunday morning and measured 3.8 on the Richter scale and was noticeable across the island. The Epicentres The tremors have always been in the south and southwest of the island and have recently come close to the Earth’s surface.
Days of readiness in La Palma
The southern half of the island, where the cities of Los Llanos de Aridan, El Paso, Mazo and Fuentalente are located, has been on alert for days. 35,000 people live there. generally palm 84,000 residents. every year volcanic island, which is considered a natural paradise, is visited by hundreds of thousands of vacationers. Even now in September, there are many holiday guests on the island, which is especially popular among trekkers. Most of the visitors are Germans, and they traditionally represent the largest group of vacationers in La Palma.
subordinate volcanic eruption It occurred in a largely uninhabited area of Cumbre Vieja, in a mountainous area about 1,000 meters high called Cabeza de Vaca (cow’s head). The affected area belongs to the municipality of El Paso, which has 8000 people and a large number as well Ferin Hotels recumbent. During the afternoon, more and more volcanic holes opened. The authorities were preparing by evening Seven hole holes. Cumbre Vieja is the most active volcanic mountain range in the Canary Islands. The last outbreak was 50 years ago and lasted several weeks.
Thousands flee ash rain and glowing hot lava flows
And on Sunday evening, the danger was mainly coming from several Lavaströmen that moved down the slope over mountain roads towards a populated area and could also reach parts of the place Los Llanos de Aridane. The super-hot sticky mass, in which temperatures were measured as high as 1,000 degrees, set parts of the surrounding pine forest on its way toward the sea. Brand. A thick cloud of mushrooms stood over the island. It also rained ash on the ground miles away from volcanic craters.
According to the authorities, the lava destroyed about a hundred homes on the Spanish island of Canary. On Monday, the mayor said at least 20 homes had been destroyed in El Paso village alone. Lava is now flowing from the volcanic chain in a southwesterly direction towards the sea.
“At the moment we have 5,000 people evacuated and about 100 homes destroyed,” local politician Lorena Hernandez, who is responsible for public security in Los Llanos de Arridan City Council, told AFP. “The lava destroyed everything in its path,” El Paso Mayor Sergio Rodriguez said on TVE. Perhaps the villagers will not be able to return to their homes for a long time. The head of the regional government of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, confirmed that the “best news” so far was that there were no fatalities. Fortunately, the eruption occurred in a sparsely populated area.
Authorities called on islanders to “exercise extreme caution”, and about 5,000 people were forced to leave their homes as a precaution. Several streets were also closed. This also includes vacationers who had to leave their places of residence. People were housed on the coast, outside the danger zone, in emergency shelters and gyms. Residents of the south of the island were called in days ago to prepare for a possible evacuation. On the Sunday after the outbreak, maximum alert was sounded in the southern part of the island.
Vacationers must remain calm
I asked the authorities vacationers And residents around the island to maintain calm. You should pay close attention to the news, not volcanic zone approach. However, hundreds tried Sunday afternoon onlookersTo get to the pit area by car. Not only was this dangerous, but it also hampered emergency services. Long traffic jams formed on many roads in the volcanic zone. “Please don’t come to the pits,” the island’s president, Mariano Zapata, warned in the evening. During the last volcanic eruption at Cumbre Vega in 1971, two onlookers died from smoke inhalation.
The massive explosion could happen in the next few days air travel to me holiday islandOff the coast of West Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. The Spanish aviation authorities have recommended airlines to temporarily suspend air traffic to Santa Cruz de la Palma airport, in the east of the island. Mainly because of Clouds of smoke and ashthat spread across the island. However, no flight bans have been imposed so far, so the decision to cancel rests with the airlines. So passengers should contact their airline before starting their journey. I read here: Air traffic in the Canaries after a volcanic eruption – vacationers need to know.
Head of the territorial government of all the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, he didn’t want to dare to predict how the eruption would develop on Sunday evening. He said, “We have to wait.” Hopefully the damage is limited.
Spain’s Tourism Minister Maroto sparked outrage on Monday when she suggested turning the volcanic eruption into a tourist attraction. From the “wonderful natural scenery,” which La Palma “brought,” “many tourists can benefit,” the socialist politician said on radio station Canal Sur. Conservative parties have particularly criticized the proposal. Maroto felt compelled to later weaken her statement and said, “Today we stand on the side of the affected, the victims.”
Many residents fear for their belongings. “At the moment we are watching the news and lava just 700 meters from our house,” said Angie Shaw, who fled with her husband and three-year-old son. “The police gave us three minutes to get our things.”
‘It was a spacecraft’ – China denies hypersonic missile report
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In August, Beijing was said to have tested a hypersonic nuclear missile. Now China has denied the report: it was just a matter of routine spacecraft tests. Meanwhile, a US lawmaker warned of the outbreak of a new Cold War.
NSHina denied a media report that the People’s Republic of China had tested a hypersonic missile suitable for nuclear weapons. “It was a spacecraft, not a missile,” a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. They were routine tests to test technology for reusing the spacecraft. It happened in July.
A representative of the US Congress interpreted the report on China’s test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile as a wake-up call. “This test should be a call to action,” Republican Mike Gallagher said Sunday (local time). “If we stick to our current inactive trajectory, (…) we will lose the new Cold War with communist China within this decade.”
Undermining US missile defense and threatening nuclear strikes
As reported by the Financial Times on Saturday, citing five anonymous sources, Beijing is said to have tested a hypersonic missile capable of producing nuclear weapons in August. It circled the globe once in a low orbit before missing its target by about 15 km. According to the report, the test should show that the Chinese military is already more advanced in its hypersonic weapons program than previously assumed by US intelligence agencies. Hypersonic weapons are particularly difficult to intercept because they can reach more than five times the speed of sound.
According to Gallagher, China is increasingly able to undermine the US missile defense system and even threaten it with nuclear strikes. The Republican represents the US state of Wisconsin in the House of Representatives, and is a member of an important committee on the US armed forces.
Plain text. Stefan Ost about the situation
Both the United States and Russia are currently working on hypersonic missiles. North Korea also said it tested a hypersonic missile in September. The Chinese Defense Ministry in Beijing initially did not comment on the media report.
Due to the large number of illegal entries from Poland, unionists from the Federal Police have called for control measures according to a press report. There is a risk of another crash like in 2015.
The head of the Federal Police Union, Heinz Tegert, urges the introduction of temporary border controls in Poland. Tigert justified this in a letter to Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) with, among other things, a large number of unauthorized entries at the German-Polish border and health risks to federal police personnel, Bild reported.
“For several months, the number of arrests increased almost explosively,” the newspaper quoted the letter as saying. Only with the introduction of temporary border controls can the federal government prevent a “collapse” at the border as it did in 2015.
Health risks for officials
Tiggert continued: “Our colleagues are also exposed to significant health risks, as the infection with the Covid virus is still very high, especially in the countries of origin of migrants (Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, etc.) that the authorities registered very rarely.” Hygiene regulations, as usual in Germany and Europe, of course will not be adhered to in the “smuggling process”.
Governments in Latvia, Lithuania and Poland accuse Belarus’s governor, Alexander Lukashenko, of moving refugees from crisis regions to the EU’s external borders in an orderly fashion. Lukashenko announced at the end of May that Minsk would not prevent migrants from continuing to travel to the European Union – in response to tough Western sanctions against his country. Since then, reports of attempts to cross the border illegally at the EU’s external border with Belarus and at the German-Polish border have increased.
In the US, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg caused an uproar because he took parental leave. Hatred comes from the political opponent, and now the Democrat responds and defends his decision – with a small tip against a prominent critic.
US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, the US Democratic star, has defended his paternity leave. Buttigieg told CNN he wouldn’t apologize to anyone for looking after his twins. Chasten, 39, and his husband adopted newborn twins this summer. Buttigieg said he is proud to take parental leave. He is the first gay federal minister in the United States.
Right-wing populist TV presenter Tucker Carlson mocked Buttigieg on his Fox News show last week. He’s trying to figure out how to breastfeed, he scoffed. “As you can imagine, we bottle-feed our kids — any time of the day or night,” Buttigieg said. It is “a joyful, satisfying, wonderful act” and everyone in the United States should have the opportunity to do so after having a child. The United States has no legal regulation of paid parental leave – only a few states have legal entitlements.
Buttigieg had previously reacted to Carlson’s statement and noted that it was strange that criticism had come from a party that always presented itself as a family friend. Buttigieg took parental leave in mid-August. Critics have complained that the US is currently struggling with major delivery bottlenecks – an issue that also falls within Buttigieg’s portfolio. He emphasized that he is always accessible while on parental leave.
Until the end of 2019, Buttigieg was mayor of a city of 100,000 residents in the US state of Indiana. Then Buttigieg caused a sensation as a presidential candidate for the US Democrats. But he quickly fell behind in the primaries and eventually gave up his candidacy. Since then, he has supported the election winner, Joe Biden. Ultimately, President Biden appointed Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation.