Volcanic eruption in the Canaries: lava flows and evacuations

The volcano Old Summit continues to pour lava on the island of La Palma, in the Spanish Canary Islands archipelago. This volcano, dormant since 1971, woke up on Sunday, forcing more than 6,000 people to evacuate the scene.

The lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja volcano continued to carry everything in their path on Tuesday, descending towards the coast of the Spanish island of La Palma, where their arrival is feared due to the possible emission of toxic gases.

This eruption, the first since 1971 on this island populated by nearly 85,000 inhabitants, has displaced 6,000 since Sunday after the evacuation overnight of 500 additional people.

Lava “inexorably descends towards the sea and there is nothing we can do in front of it“, warned the president of the Canary Islands region, Angel Victor Torres.

The clouds generated by the interaction of seawater and lava are acidic” and “can be dangerous if you are too close“, explains to AFP Patrick Allard, CNRS research director at the Institut de Géophysique du Globe in Paris.


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