Photo: Carreteras.

Updated 5.20pm: The Cabildo’s Public Works director has said this afternoon that the TF-42 between Icod and El Guincho should reopen to traffic tonight. Obviously there’ll be further confirmation in due course.

Photo: Carreteras

Updated 2 January: The Tenerife Cabildo’s roads department says that vertical rockface specialists are now on site and working to secure the banking so that the TF42 can be reopened as quickly as possible. Some 15,000 are affected by the continued closure of the main trunk road to the Isla Baja, and some drivers are complaining loudly of the lack of signposting for the sole detour available. Carreteras says that they are aware of the problems the closure is causing locals and are working flat out to restore normality but that security of road users must be the priority.

Updated 1 January 2019: The TF42 Garachico road remains closed this morning as road teams continue not just to clear the carriageway but to shore up and secure the banking from which the rocks fell, and this requires specialists in vertical rockface works which will start tomorrow morning. Carreteras says that the diversions established last night remain in place because large rocks could still fall, and that drivers will be advised as soon as possible that the road has been reopened.

The 6pm rockfall came within two minutes of a 1.6 tremor which was registered by IGN at 5.58pm at a depth of 12km near the Roque de Garachico: seismologists say that it is therefore highly likely that the two events are related. Carreteras has released this video from the scene.

Original post 31 December 2018: An earth tremor in Garachico has resulted in a rockfall that means the TF42 between El Guincho and the town has been closed, and security services say that the lack of light means they cannot be sure that the banking is secured. As such the road will remain closed until daylight. The tremor was 1.6 magnitude at 12 km depth with epicentre in the sea near the Roque de Garachico, and occurred just before 6pm. Access for anyone needing to drive from the Isla Baja is via El Tanque. This video is from the Cabildo’s roads teams.


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