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