Lava from La Palma volcano reaches the sea 9 days after the start of the eruption
Madrid. Lava coming from the volcano in Spanish island of La Palma The Canary Islands Volcanic Institute (Involcan) announced Tuesday that the Sept. 19 eruption erupted into the sea on Tuesday night.
Pictures from regional television for the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, showed images in the middle of the night when lava came into contact with water, while a large amount of smoke was generated.
Involcan noted on Twitter: “The lava flow has reached the sea in Playa Nueva.” According to regional television, the call was made a few minutes after 11:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
This moment, which has been awaited for days, has caused concern that the contact of lava with the sea, at more than a thousand degrees Celsius, can generate explosions, waves of boiling water, or even toxic clouds, according to the page. United States Geological Survey (USGS).
In prevention, residents of the closest areas were locked up to prevent them from coming into contact with poisonous gases.
Juan Miguel Rodriguez, the mayor of Tazacorte, the town near the area where the water reached the sea, told Canari TV that the homes are “now two kilometers away, there is enough security, and I don’t think the gases reach those neighborhoods.” ..
Because of the eruption, more than 6 thousand people were forced to leave their homes, but there were no injuries or deaths.
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The lava flow has already destroyed 656 buildings – not all homes – and covered 268 hectares on this island of 85,000 people.
It lives from banana cultivation and tourism, according to the European geospatial Copernican measurement system.
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