Incredible satellite photos show red hot lava erupting from a volcano on La Palma after a new emissions vent opened up – as hundreds try to escape from the island.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which began erupting last Sunday, is entering a new eruptive phase as a new emissions vent has opened to the west of the main one.
The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma reopened today.
But flights were canceled because a week after the volcano erupted, the volcanic lava continued to spew out clouds of ash in the surrounding area.
Meanwhile, people queued up for boats to leave the island as satellite images showed a massive lava flow that is clearly visible from space.
Experts said there were currently two active lava flows, a fast flowing one in the north and a slow one in the south.
The director of the Volcano Response Committee Pevolca, Miguel ngel Morcuende, said at a news conference: “We have a northward flow that is moving rapidly … This lava comes from the more interior areas of the crater and its temperature is approx. 1,250 degrees.”
Mr Morkuende said the evacuations currently in place would be maintained for the next 24 hours as a precaution.
Reuters drone footage shows a fast river of red-hot lava flowing down the crater’s slopes, passing near homes, and slow-moving, swaths of land and buildings surrounded by black masses of older lava. Is.
Mr Morkuende said those evacuated from Tacande de Ariba, Tacande de Abajo and Tajuya would be able to return to their homes.
Spain’s airport operator Aina said the airport had reopened after teams cleared ashes from the runway.
But Canary Island airline Binter said it would keep canceling flights today due to conditions.
This lava comes from the more interior areas of the crater and has a temperature of about 1,250 °C. Is
Miguel Angel Morcuende
A statement said: “The ash cloud resulting from a volcanic eruption makes it necessary to maintain a temporary halt of flights to La Palma.
“The stoppage will continue until the situation improves and the flight is allowed to take off, guaranteeing safety.”
Spanish media reported that all flights would be canceled today.
Today Pope Francis sent “closeness and solidarity” to those affected by the explosion during his weekly blessing in St Peter’s Square, while La Palma churches held special mass for those affected.
We pay for your stories!
Do you have a story for the News Desk?
Email us at [email protected] or call us on 02077824104. You can whatsapp us on 07423 720 250. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload your