La Palma volcanic eruption out of sight: lava is hotter, thinner and faster | Abroad

UpdateCumbre Vieja on the Spanish island of La Palma is still far from relaxing. Today, about 100 earthquakes were measured around the volcano, one of which was the strongest since the eruption on September 19. In addition, the lava flowing from the holes and cracks became hotter, thinner, and faster than before.

That’s why people were evacuated again in La Palma today. About 300 this time. New lava flows threaten to engulf their homes. This brings the total number of evacuations to more than 7,000, RTVE TV channel reported.

Since the northern flank of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, lava flows toward the sea have increased along and across 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 measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, the most powerful since the volcano erupted 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 in the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, is normal.

The Spanish authorities closed a road that was closed due to a giant lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano. © Reuters

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