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La Palma (Island, Canary Islands, Spain)

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Flag of La Palma – Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 March 2010

  • Symbols of La Palma
  • Municipalities on La Palma

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  • Spain
  • Canary Islands (Autonomous Community, Spain)
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife Province (Canary Islands, Spain)

The flag of La Palma is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 26 November 1990 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 2 January 1991 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 1, p. 6 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular pane in dimensions 2:3 (one and a half longer than wide), made of two equal vertical stripes, sea blue and white, the first placed along the hoist.
The coat of arms of the Island Council of La Palma shall be placed in the middle of the panel.

According to Jos&eacute Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the colours of the flag appear to have been taken from those of the coat of arms: the field azure, the archangel argent (white) and the waves. Moreover, blue symbolizes the sky and the sea while white represents the Virgin of the Snows, the island’s patron saint.

The coat of arms of La Palma is prescribed by Royal Decree No. 2,921, adopted on 31 October 1975 and published on 13 November 1975 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 272, p. 23,736 (text).
The coat of arms, validated by the Royal Academy of History, is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Azure over waves argent and azure a tower or masoned sable surmounted by a bust of St. Michael argent clad gules holding dexter a pair of scales or a palm or sinister. A bordure or five violets purpure. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

According to Jos&eacute Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the coat of arms is based on the coat of arms granted probably by the Catholic Monarchs or their daughter, Joanna the Mad, to the Council of La Palma, which is featured on the Banner of the Conquest (Pendón de la Conquesta), dated 1536/1556. For the sake of differentiation from the arms of the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, a bordure featuring an endemic flower was added to the shield.

Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 17 March 2010

Barlovento |
Breña Alta |
Breña Baja |

Fuencaliente |

Garafía |

Los Llanos de Aridane |

Mazo |

El Paso |
Puntagorda |
Puntallana |

San Andrés y Sauces |
Santa Cruz de la Palma |
Santa Cruz de Tenerife |

Tazacorte |
Tijarafe |

The 2021 eruption of the Cumbre Vieja Volcanic Ridge on La Palma, Canary Islands


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Juan Carlos Carracedo,

Valentin Rudolf Troll,

James M D Day,

Harri Geiger,

Meritxell Aulinas Junca,

Vicente Soler,

Frances Deegan,

Francisco José Pérez Torrado,

Guillem Gisbert Pinto,

Esteban Gazel,

Alejandro Rodríguez González,

Helena Albert Minguez


Almost exactly half a century after the eruption of the Teneguía Volcano on La Palma (26 October to 28 November 1971), a new eruption occurred on the island and lasted for 85 days from 19 September until 13 December 2021. This new eruption opened a volcanic vent complex on the western flank of the Cumbre Vieja rift zone, the N-S elongated polygenetic volcanic ridge that has developed on La Palma over the last c. 125 ka. The Cumbre Vieja ridge is the volcanically active region of the island and the most active one of the Canary Islands, hosting half of all the historically recorded eruptive events in the archipelago. The 2021 La Palma eruption has seen no direct loss of human life, thanks to efficient early detection and sensible management of the volcanic crisis by the authorities, but more than 2800 buildings and almost 1000 hectares of plantations and farmland were destroyed. Satellite surveillance enabled accurate mapping of the progressive buildup of the extensive and complex basaltic lava field, which together with monitoring of gas emissions informed the timely evacuation of local populations from affected areas. Lava flows that reached the sea constructed an extensive system of lava platforms, similar to events during earlier historical eruptions, such as in 1712, 1949 and 1971. Long-term challenges in the aftermath of the eruption include protection of drainage systems from potential redistribution of tephra during high rainfall events, the use of the large surplus quantities of ash in reconstruction of buildings and in agriculture, and the crucial concerns of where and how rebuilding should and could occur in the aftermath of the eruption. Finally, there remains strong financial concerns over insurance for properties consumed or damaged by the eruption in light of future volcanic hazards from the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge.



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Thousands of tourists come to the island of La Palma for the eruption of the volcano –


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A volcanic eruption near Cumbre Vieja on the Canary island of La Palma has been going on for a month and a half. It caused enormous damage, including to the tourism industry, but at the same time it became an attraction for tourists. Fans of traditional holidays in the Canary Islands canceled their trips, but those who want to see the eruption with their own eyes flew to La Palma. nine0003

According to Canarias 7, tens of thousands of people have already visited the island for this purpose. The local emergency committee has requested additional assistance ahead of the long Halloween weekend. A large influx of tourists is expected – more than 10 thousand people. A bus route is organized from the airport to the observation deck, which overlooks the eruption area.

Meanwhile, scientists continue to record high seismic activity on the island, which indicates that the eruption will continue. They indicate that new volumes of magma continue to enter the magma chamber under the volcano. nine0003

Since the beginning of the eruption, lava flows have already covered 963 hectares of the island. At their widest point they are up to 3 kilometers wide. Lava destroyed more than 2.5 thousand buildings, and also destroyed plantations of bananas, avocados and other crops. One of the flows reached the ocean, where it formed a lava delta with an area of ​​more than 30 hectares. Several more streams are in close proximity to the ocean.

On Friday, the danger of an eruption increased. The volcano began to throw out bombs – clots of lava that harden in flight. They can fly a long distance from the volcano. nine0003

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90,000 lava has reached the water and causes emissions of toxic smoke. People are asked to stay at home

Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma has reached the water, 29September 2021

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Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has been erupting on the island of La Palma in the Canary archipelago for almost two weeks, reached the Atlantic Ocean on September 28. As a result, toxic smoke is generated that threatens human health.

Reported by El Pais.

The lava reached the water on September 28 at around 11:00 pm local time, rolling down a slope 100 meters high. As a result, a column of black smoke more than 50 meters high was formed in the air, which was carried by the wind from the sea to the island. People were asked not to leave the house, so as not to be poisoned by toxic fumes. nine0003

Amanece en La Palma y comienza a formarse un delta de lava que poco a poco gana terreno al mar.

— Instituto Español de Oceanografía (@IEOoceanografia) September 29, 2021

Hot lava reacts with salty seawater to produce toxic gases, including chlorine, which can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. During the previous eruption of Cumbre Viejo, which occurred in 1971, one person died from toxic fumes. nine0003

In addition, the flow of lava into the ocean warms the water. This is a danger not only for people, but also for marine animals, and can also lead to unexpected landfalls in the coastal areas of the island.

Situación 13 h después de la caída de la colada, ha formado un pequeño delta de lava. Pasa por una phase de stabilizerization. Esperamos ver cómo siguen las emisiones del volcán. @IEOoceanografia @gemar_ieo @sgeologica @VulcanaIEO @IGeociencias @IGME1849@CSIC

— Juan-Tomás Vázquez (@JuanTVaz) September 29, 2021

Spanish authorities have already estimated losses from the Cumbre Viejo eruption on La Palma at more than 2 million euros. The volcano destroyed about half a thousand buildings and devastated 200 hectares of fertile land, primarily with banana plantations – the main income of the island.

In addition, on September 28, lava destroyed the so-called miracle house – a villa that survived from the beginning of the eruption and became an unspoken symbol of hope for the best during a natural disaster, reports El Mundo. nine0003

Lava destroys ‘miracle house’ that survived La Palma eruption