Eruption in La Palma: the Cumbre Vieja volcano still threatening

Still active, Cumbre Vieja continues to threaten the Spanish island of La Palma, in the Canaries. Lava flows and ash projections continue, nearly ten days after the volcano erupted. On the southern coast, several neighborhoods The authorities fear the poisonous gases that could emanate from the arrival of lava in the ocean.

When lava interacts with seawater several things can happen – Something extremely hot interacts with something relatively cold and therefore the lava will turn into rock and this can be explosive, “explains Matt Pankhurst, petrologist at the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute.

The small coastal village of Tazacorte is notably on the route of the lava flows. Monday evening, the latter were one kilometer from the coast.

So far the eruption of Cumbre Vieja has not claimed any victims but enormous damage. More than 500 buildings were destroyed. Almost 19 km of road have been covered and 237 hectares of land, including many banana plantations.

After a short lull on Sunday, the activity of the volcano resumed Monday at noon, under the watchful eye of experts and the worried eye of the inhabitants.

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