La Palma Volcano Explosion – Thousands flee for fear of toxic gases hitting volcano

Experts warn that the lava flow, which has forced thousands of people to flee, could reach the Atlantic Ocean and cause toxic gases and more explosions.

Melting rocks were expected to reach the ocean on Monday night, but officials said it was delayed.

The new Lava stream, which left more people in El Paso on the island of Lavama, later erupted from the Kumber Vija volcano.

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Lava flows through the streets of Pala

According to the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanoes, Lava, with temperatures above 1,000C (1,800F), was still flowing at 700 meters per hour (2,300 feet), but mostly in sparsely populated areas.

Explosions and acid clouds are expected when it hits the Atlantic Ocean, although it is not clear when this will happen.

Some 6,000 people were displaced by Sunday’s blast, and 150 homes were destroyed.

Lava was launched hundreds of meters into the air, engulfing forests and sending rocks into the ocean near La Palm, northwest of the Canary Islands.

No deaths or injuries were reported, but two black lava streams were caught in a landslide on the western side of the volcano.

The four villages displaced in La Palma include El Paso and Los Lalanos de Aridane, and temporary shelters have been made available to displaced people.

Following a volcanic eruption in Spain, Lava flows from behind the houses
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Experts say a toxic gas cloud could form when the lava meets the sea

La Palm Island President Mariano Hernandez urged people to stay away and said the show was “bad.”

The six-foot-high (20-foot) Lava wall “is destroying homes, infrastructure,” he said [and] Crop on the road to the beach. ”

A Reuters witness saw the molten rock slowly crack in a house in the village of Los Campos, burning inside and sending flames through the windows and on the roof.

Spain’s tourism ministry has been criticized for saying it was an opportunity to attract visitors to a local radio station.

“The island is open,” Reyes Maroto told Canal Sur Radio, describing the volcanic eruptions as “spectacular.”

There are no restrictions on going to the island … On the contrary, we pass on information to tourists so that they know they can travel to the island and enjoy something unusual, and they see it for themselves.

September 2021 Volcano from Lava Aerial Image, La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerif, Canary Islands, (Spain).  PIP - AP
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Melting rocks are moving toward the sea through the island. Photo: AP

A spokesman for the boat operator, Fred Olsen, said the 360 ​​were taken from a resort in La Palma to the nearby island of Tenerie on Monday.

Another 180 visitors had the same hope. Meanwhile, local airline Benter canceled four flights to neighboring La La Gomera Island.

La Palma was on high alert after more than 22,000 earthquakes were reported in one week.

In El Paso, La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerif, Canary Islands, Lava flows during the blast - at least 15 homes were damaged early Monday and more than 5,000 people have been displaced so far.  20 September p
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More than 6,000 people were displaced and 150 homes were destroyed. Photo: AP

Cumbre Vieja was part of the last major volcanic eruption in 1971 and is one of the most active volcanic regions in Canary.

It is located south of La Palma, home to about 80,000 people.

The epicenter was reported below the epicenter, however; no tsunami alert was issued.

Scientists say the volcanic eruption may last for the same period of time, but it appears to have ended an emergency for local people.

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