A six-meter-high lava flow flows through the terrain towards the sea on the Spanish island of La Palma. On the way, it has already devoured homes, roads and crops.
Sunday afternoon A violent volcanic eruption erupted on the Canary island of La Palma in SpainThousands of residents in the surrounding areas were immediately evacuated.
Spanish authorities announced Monday night that the lava flow has slowed on its way to the coast, and that it will likely not reach the sea.
But the Spanish newspaper wrote on Tuesday Country The lava flow is still large and threatening. The newspaper wrote that its height will now be six meters.
This has led to more evacuations.
The main representative of the local authorities on the island, Mariano Hernandez Zapata, described the situation that has now become “insanely devastating”.
Although he has been warned all along that nearby settlements may be affected by lava flows from the eruption, Zapata now asserts that the lava flow has devoured many homes, amounts of infrastructure and large agricultural areas in the past 24 hours.
About 100 homes were said to have been destroyed so far, but no deaths or injuries were reported.
Volcanologist Joan Marti said the eruption could last for several weeks, and at most even several months, El Pais wrote on Sunday.
He says the worst thing about a volcanic eruption is that dangerous gases can come with the magma, which in turn can lead to breathing problems for people.
Authorities previously warned that eruptions and clouds of toxic gas could occur when superheated lava flows into the cold Atlantic Ocean.
La Palma, one of the smaller Canary Islands northwest of the archipelago, has a population of about 83,000.
35,000 of them live in areas not far from the volcano.
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