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The planet in eruption.  Geography lessons from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at 3:30 p.m., the volcano Cumbre Vieja on the island of La Palma, erupted, after 8 days in which the island had not stopped shaking. He had been asleep for 50 years. After 85 days of activity, the longest eruption recorded on the island, La Palma has changed and so have its inhabitants. Cumbre Vieja has given us a real Geography and Geology lesson on the formation of the Earth and has been a unique opportunity for volcanological research. Volcanoes are one of the most spectacular geological phenomena on the planet. In the 21st century, eruptions like that of the Volcán de la Palma allow us to follow its evolution minute by minute and also the human drama behind it. In this series of conferences we will bring together a group of volcano experts who have followed the Cumbre Vieja eruption in situ and who will tell us about volcanic phenomena, the Geography lessons that this eruption has given us, followed minute by minute by all the media, the implication of volcanism in the daily life of those who live under a volcano, how the scientists who monitor the Earth's seismicity and volcanism work day by day, and we will relive what those almost three months living under the volcano were like. 



Fundación Ramón Areces.
C/ Vitruvio, 5. 28006 Madrid.


Lola Escudero
Secretaria General de la Sociedad Geográfica Española.

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