That’s why people were evacuated again in La Palma today. About 300 this time. New lava flows threaten to swallow their homes. This brings the total number of evacuations to more than 7,000, RTVE TV channel reported.
Since the collapse of the north side of the volcanic cone on Saturday, lava flows toward the sea have increased along and through populated areas. The lava emerging from the volcano is about 1,200 degrees hotter than before, and therefore thinner and faster. 1,548 buildings have been destroyed so far and cover an area of 680 hectares with lava and ash. No injuries were reported due to the timely evacuation.
Meanwhile, the ground in La Palma is constantly shaking. One of about 100 recorded earthquakes has a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale, the most severe Since the eruption of the volcano in mid-September. Three weeks later, the Comber Vega explosion was not in sight.
The airport on the island is still operating, but is served by only a few airlines. Air traffic to the most popular tourist destinations of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote is normal.
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