La Palma, Canary Islands
Volcano Cumbre Vieja Sept. 2021
On Tour: J.Felkl, M. Szeglat, T.Pfeiffer,
Between the fascination of a natural spectacle and
This historical volcanic event on La Palma is hard to
express in words, since I have not observed this
dimension of the inner earth force after my observations
at Etna 2001.
Arrival day 09/22/21
The first impression after arriving in Palma Las Cruzes
(airport) and through the east-west tunnel was a ramp in
the eastern part of El Paso at a supermarket.
first glance, the comparison of an Apollo rocket rammed
into the ground upside down came very close. This is a
very vague comparison, but you are first faced with such
an event yourself.
With an unprecedented force, gas and slag material was
'propelled' up to 400m under high pressure of the main
vent of Cumbre, and this
incessantly with a nearly annoying roaring noise.
Distance about 2.5 km. No real crater formation could be seen
Overview of the entire
Los Llianos de Adriane
No lava flow in sight yet, but a torch made of gas and
slag in behind the settlements of El Paraiso in the
dimension of about 600m
At the beginning, outblown
magma was pulverized in the gas vent by the high
pressure that only small fragments of lava could be
seen, + notice extrem noise.
In the further course on the western side
whereby a massive lava flowed off ( Photo 26.09)
The mighty ash column about 5000m even created its own
Extreme high fontains, calculated over field viewing
angle up to 1000 meter or higher.
I had last seen it on Etna on February 15, 2000 with Tom
First horizontal fontain video of the world ;-)
.. because the 16 x 9 format is unfortunately nearly
useless in these dimensions!
Close-ups (09/27) from the west side with a 100 m high lava
Sudden lava eruption on September the 28th, estimated width
250 m, length may 700 m
Lava front apprx. 30-40m high
A telephoto 600 / 900mm enabled me to get a closer
picture of the destructive lava front about 30-40m high
on September the 25th
09/25, in the streets of Laguna with the new towns landmark, an
oversized pillar of fire.
But on October the 23rd, the
message comes that the city is currently being destroyed
by a new lava flow.
Fountain over the living blocks over Los Llanos
09/23/21 Fountain ca.400m seen from El Paso/Empalme
09/27/21, observation point El Paso, distance
may 2 km
Fountains of all kinds. The side view on the right shows the
triple event with lava bubbles on September the 28th
The buoyant plume in
combination with the heated air- masses of the
volcano Cumbre d. V.
created a so-called Strato cloud (sphere)
which is estimated at a height of 10? Km
Triple Fontäne (09/25)
09/26 lava flows are traversing the populated area
29th of September:
On the way to airport this fast shots were origined at
the mirrador El time
The meeting in the whole mess
vl. Martin, Tom, Me, --- Marc, Martin, Michael (El Paso / Empalme Tajuya)
More coming soon!
Actual detailed maps by
In this actual map you can see the exact positions of
the vents, lava flows and destructions
Instituto Geografico Nacionalehallo herr Dorn,H