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La Palma Volcano one month later

October 18th, 2021, Promulgated by Diane Harris

It is exactly one month since the volcano on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma began its spewing. In short, there is no good news. The eruptions and the earthquakes are more frequent and more severe; evacuations continue, but not at a rate to remove 80,000 La Palma occupants quickly. The airport was closed due to ash, which was reported as reaching heights of tens of thousands of feet; hundreds of homes have been lost, and the lava has now reached the island’s shoreline, adding new toxic gas concerns to the plight.

None of the news reports sheds any light on whether or not this activity increases the likelihood of a tidal wave or not, a question of interest to so many populated areas of the Atlantic Basin, giving an expected warning notice of only about 7 hours before rolling over cities.

The pictures are quite extraordinary; one feels it is like peering beyond the gates of hell itself. Can we ever justify NOT praying for those in such a situation? What we pray for them, we are praying for ourselves, for ‘no man is an island’ and we can’t expect to be untouched, can we?

Meanwhile, we might contemplate what is being feared, theoretically of course.  It is not a new fear. This conceptualization is from 2011: Mega Tsunami to wipe out East Coast of the United States (

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8 Responses to “La Palma Volcano one month later”

  1. BigE says:

    There is good news:
    “Claims that the devastating volcano eruption in La Palma, in the Canary Islands, currently risks causing a “mega tsunami” that would hit the U.S. East Coast are baseless, officials and experts continue to say…..The ongoing volcanic activity in the Canary Islands is not posing a tsunami risk for the United States or Canada, and the likelihood of it posing a future threat is remote,” Susan Buchanan, Director of Public Affairs of the National Weather Service told Reuters via email on Sept. 30.

  2. Diane Harris says:

    Thank you, Big E, for sharing your perception of ‘good news.’ However, let’s remember the 2011 tsunami in Japan and wonder why, with such a collection of experts and their fancy equipment, all the key players seemed to have been taken by surprise. At least they ‘acted’ surprised. And 20,000 people died; most drowned.

    I’ve come across a few references (not by anyone particularly quotable) to an ‘implicit’ strategy that when nothing can be done it is better NOT to throw the populace into a life-ending panic even before the wave hits! (Side note: really? can nothing be done? See Patriot’s comment in the following post.) And who would be in the role of tsunami-deniers? Well, fake media purveyors and government ‘spokesmen,’ both of whom have the most need and opportunity to play out the hand.

    I’ll keep this comment short for now, and separately give some analysis of how the Japan situation does reflect also an island vulnerability, that being somewhat earthquake-prone didn’t help to avoid the risk, comparison of the possible La Palma precipitating event to Japan’s under the sea displacement of ‘mass’, why the worsening this past month seems less like releasing pressure and more like a confluence of pent-up activity.

    Of course, I hope your conclusion and that of the US Weather analysts are correct, but there seems to be too much weight toward tragedy.

  3. christian says:

    Diane – The excerpt from “No Man Is An Island” is very appropriate in this situation. The words of this poem were taken from a 1642 sermon by the Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, John Donne. John Donne, a clergyman, is regarded as one of England’s greatest poets.
    This poem, actually an excerpt from a sermon, is very thought-provoking, insightful, and inspirational.

    The words do not merely convey geographical conditions, but in the spiritual condition that human beings are connected to one other, and that connection is vital to the well-being and survival of an individual.

    “When you hear the church bell tolling for someone who has died, don’t ask who it is, Donne says, just know that it’s tolling for you too because you are part of the same society and the death of anyone takes a part of your own life away.”-No Sweat Shakespeare

    “No Man Is An Island”

    No man is an island entire of itself; every man
    is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
    if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
    is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
    well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
    own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
    because I am involved in mankind.
    And therefore never send to know for whom
    the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

    John Donne

    We need to pray the people on Spanish Canary Island of La Palma. It is concerning that evacuations are not occurring at the rate to be able to safely evacuate the 80,000 occupants quickly from the island. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters on this island and pray that measures are stepped up to remove all the occupants quickly.

  4. Diane Harris says:

    Day 34: Cone atop the volcano collapsed today, and earthquake registered its highest so far: 5.0. There have been 35,000 trembler events, the most ever on La Palma. After today’s events, a tsunami warning was issued; however, the releases sometimes mean ‘a tsunami of lava’ and other times mean a wall of water. Stay tuned.

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