Spain: Volcanologist hopeful of La Palma eruption coming to an end

For the first time volcano experts have talked of positive signs on the island of La Palma.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting for over 45 days on La Palma in the Canary Islands. Scientists until now we're concerned that the volcanic activity could continue for three months, but on Wednesday the island's Volcanic Emergency Plan Committee revealed 'positive signs' that the ordeal could be ending sooner.

The two main indicators are the levels of Sulphur dioxide in the air and the strength of the tremor signal, both of which are still high, but have been decreasing since Tuesday. Even though earthquakes rock La Palma on a regular basis, the seismic activity has remained at a constant depth.

“If we continue on this path, we will go well,” according to Pevolca spokesperson Carmen López.

Schools in the municipalities of El Paso, Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Tijarafe and Puntagorda all remain closed due to the smothering ash cloud being expelled by the volcano.

The air quality continues to be extremely poor in many areas, and convoys arranged to help those rendered homeless retrieve their belongings have been temporarily suspended.

On the other hand, Binter and Canaryfly airlines, which have been forced on several occasions to ground flights to and from the island announced that they have are once again operating as normal.

According to the European Copernicus satellite monitoring system, lava now covers 997.8 hectares of land while the ash has choked a further 6,686 hectares. More than 7,000 individuals have been evacuated from danger zones since the beginning of the eruption.