La Palma volcano eruption

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  • #584748
    Nick James
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    There can’t be many 0.8m telescopes on LP: https://www.astrosysteme.com/references/asa-az800-in-spain/.

    #584749
    Robin Leadbeater
    Participant

    Wow ! 🙁    Can you even insure against such an event ?

    #584750
    Paul Leyland
    Participant

    Not now.

    By chance we took out fire / flood / vandalism / etc insurance on our place a week or so before the eruption started. The insurance company didn’t want to touch our observatories so we were going to check for specialist companies when back in the UK.

    It is possible to insure almost anything against almost anything if you are prepared to pay the premium.

    #584752
    Paul Leyland
    Participant

    Excellent live coverage at https://rtvc.es/en-directo/

    It helps if you understand Spanish …

    Their live feed from the Cumbre Vieja shows that large amounts of liquid are still coming out but the explosive gouts appear to be somewhat reduced from when we left several days ago.

    #584754
    Nick James
    Participant

    That video feed of the vent is majestic and scary at the same time. It is also quite hypnotic.

    #584756
    Paul Leyland
    Participant

    I have found it majestic and hypnotic but not, perhaps strangely, scary. That’s the case whether watching live or over the net.

    Last night (i,e. 24 hours after the above posts) it became markedly more explosive with enormous lumps of lava being thrown a hundred metres or more into the air. It was hard to judge scale but some of those pieces must have been well over a metre in diameter and so weighing several tonnes each. I was also watching what started out as a very minor effusive vent become much bigger and explosive.

    #584760
    Peter Tickner
    Participant

    I was having a quick look at the Canary Islands live feed this evening and for a while it was just the odd red glow and then suddenly the whole screen lit up.  I’ve attached a screenshot.  I’m glad I don’t have an observatory on La Palma – scary stuff!

    Peter

    #584763
    Paul Leyland
    Participant

    If you watch the video feed for long enough you will find that at some times that happens about once a minute. Sometimes the vents do little but leak gently; sometimes they explode and send material hundreds of metres into the air.

    Note that the side of the cone has collapsed. I watched much of that happening in real time.

    All rather interesting as long as you are at a safe distance.

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