Should we fear an explosion of volcanic activity?


INFOGRAPHICS – A spectacular eruption threatens the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands. At the same time, around fifteen volcanoes roar around the world. Should this be seen as a sign of the times?

For more than three weeks, the cameras have been focused on the spectacular images of La Cumbre Vieja in the southern part of the Spanish island of La Palma, in the Canaries. The volcano erupted on September 19, 2021. If it monopolizes attention, it is because the island has 85,000 inhabitants, that lava flows without interruption, that it has covered 640 hectares, destroyed more than 1,400 buildings including more than 700 homes according to the assessment drawn up by Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca), quoted by AFP.

However, the weekly report of the Smithsonian Institution, an American research organization, currently lists 50 volcanoes in continuous eruption in the world. This does not always mean daily activity, but indicates intermittent eruptive events for at least three months. On average,

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