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Title: The 2021 La Palma eruption: social dilemmas resulting from life close to an active volcano
Authors: Troll, Valentin R.
Aulinas, Meritxell
Carracedo, Juan Carlos 
Geiger, Harri
Pérez Torrado, Francisco José 
Soler, Vicente
Deegan, Frances M.
Bloszies, Christin
Weis, Franz
Albert, Helena
Gisbert, Guillem
Day, James M.D.
Rodriguez-Gonzalez, Alejandro 
Gazel, Esteban
Dayton, Kyle
UNESCO Clasification: 250621 Vulcanología
Issue Date: 2024
Journal: Geology Today 
Abstract: Damage and destruction caused by the 2021 eruption of the Tajogaite volcano on La Palma was unprecedented relative to other historical eruptions of the last century (1909, 1949, 1971, 2011) in the Canary Islands. The devastation caused by the eruption was not a result of eruption magnitude, which was only marginally larger than other historical events, but instead an increasing vulnerability due to population growth and increasing rural land use on the slopes of the volcanically active Cumbre Vieja Ridge. Since future eruptions along the Cumbre Vieja are inevitable, it is imperative that actions are taken to ensure the safety of the island's growing population. While civil protection and emergency services managed to avert loss of life from direct volcanic impacts in 2021, loss of property for many people in the affected area remains a grave issue and requires targeted measures to safeguard against human suffering from similar future events.
ISSN: 0266-6979
DOI: 10.1111/gto.12472
Source: Geology Today [ISSN 0266-6979], v. 40 (3), p. 96-111, (Mayo 2024)
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