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Spain – Volcanic eruption in La Palma

A volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary island of La Palma after more than a week of burning seismic activity.

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smoking: Images from the scene on Sunday afternoon show lava erupting from the volcano with huge clouds of smoke. Photo: Desiree Martin/AFP/NTB
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Pictures and videos from the place show that it says black smoke is in the sky, and also that lava is flowing down the mountainside. many of It looks like the houses have been bombed of lava blocks. Several small forest fires also broke out near the eruption.

The authorities are in the process of evacuating residents. The volcanic eruption has so far accelerated the evacuation of about a thousand people.

Norwegians are asked to follow

Regarding the volcanic eruption, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs makes a recommendation for all Norwegians on the island.

to Dagbladet Press spokesperson Anne Havardsdatter Lundy said the State Department is monitoring the situation closely.

We recommend that Norwegians in the area follow the advice of local authorities regarding the volcanic eruption and stay informed at all times. We also encourage Norwegians to follow the tips and recommendations given locally, Lunde told Dagbladet.

Fissures: In this image taken by our colleague Alba, you can see seven different vents from which lava is emerging, which is very common during eruptions in volcanic fissures like these, the INVOLCAN research institute wrote on Twitter

Fissures: In this image taken by our colleague Alba, you can see seven different vents from which lava is emerging, which is very common during eruptions in volcanic fissures like these, the INVOLCAN research institute wrote on Twitter
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– just started

Written at 15.12, local time, the eruption began at Mount Montana Ragada in southern La Palma. Country.

The eruption has just begun, writes the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute on Twitter.

La Palma is one of the Canary Islands and is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco.

Measurement stations have recently shown increased seismic activity, and a number of small earthquakes may indicate that an eruption was approaching, according to the NTB.

According to the National Research Institute of Geography (IGN), 6,600 small earthquakes have been recorded in the area since 9/11, El Pais reports.

Active: Measurement stations have recently shown an increase in seismic activity, and a number of small earthquakes may indicate an approaching volcanic eruption.  Photo: Miguel Calero Miguel Calero/EPA
Energetic: Measurement stations have recently shown increased seismic activity, and a number of small earthquakes may indicate an approaching volcanic eruption. Photo: Miguel Calero Miguel Calero/EPA
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– Do not visit the area

After the eruption lasted for about an hour, the Involcan Research Institute, which searches for volcanoes in the Canary Islands, arrived at 5 p.m. Sunday, Norwegian time, with a clear call.

– Follow the advice of the authorities, and do not look for the area near the outbreak, they write in big boxes on Twitter.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said he would go to the island. The Ministry of Interior stated that 200 security personnel were mobilized on their way by helicopter.

“People have been asked to exercise extreme caution and stay away from the area around the crater to avoid unnecessary risks,” local authorities said in a statement.

Warning: - Follow the advice of the authorities, and do not look for the area close to the outbreak, writes the Involcan Research Institute with large square posts on Twitter.  Photograph: Borja Suarez/Reuters
Warning: Follow the advice of the authorities, and do not look for the area near the outbreak, writes the Involcan research institute, using large square saws on Twitter. Photograph: Borja Suarez/Reuters
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The most powerful earthquakes

The last time an outbreak occurred in La Palma was in 1971.

According to Reuters, about 40 people with special needs were initially evacuated as a precaution on Sunday. They were taken from villages in the area where the earthquake activity is strongest, to a military post.

A 3.8-magnitude earthquake was also recorded on Sunday. The authority warns of the possibility of stronger earthquakes.

Visible: The sound of the eruption is already visible on seismometers, the Involcan Research Institute wrote on Twitter.  Photo: Involcan / Twitter
Visible: The Involcan Research Institute wrote on Twitter that the sound of the explosion was already clearly visible on seismometers. Photo: Involcan / Twitter
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La Palma Island, not to be confused with Las Palmas, Gran Canaria’s largest city, is not a major tourist destination unlike many other islands in the area.

It has a population of about 83,000, of whom 35,000 live in areas not far from the volcano, NTB . writes

The island is relatively small, with an area of ​​706 square kilometers.

Before the eruption: This photo of the volcano was taken on September 17th.  Photo: Borja Suarez / Reuters / NTB
Before the outbreak: This image of the volcano was taken on September 17th. Photo: Borja Suarez / Reuters / NTB
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– It can change quickly

Björn Lund, a geophysics researcher at the Swedish Seismological Stations Network, is following the development.

He says SVT This activity in the area increased significantly during the day.

So far, the outbreak is relatively small. But this can change very quickly. You see in the pictures from there that there are fountains of lava and rocks strewn about, he tells the channel.

Status is updated.

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