LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A bright red river of lava from a volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma finally spilled onto a reef and into the Atlantic Ocean, releasing huge plumes of steam and possibly toxic gases that were locally known as residents were needed. Outside the evacuation zone to stay indoors on Wednesday.
The immediate area was evacuated for several days: Officials waited more than a week for Lava which began to erupt on 19 September, covering a distance of 6.5 kilometers (4 mi) to the edge of the island. On its way down from the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge, the flow has consumed at least 656 buildings, mostly houses that emerged in their invincible march to the sea.
The meeting of molten rock and sea water finally took place at 11 pm on Tuesday. By daylight, a wide area of nascent land can be seen that forms under a plume of steam rising up in the area.
Even though their initial readings of air quality showed no danger in the area, experts warned that the lava in the ocean was likely to cause small eruptions and release toxic gases that can damage the lungs. Authorities established a 3.5-kilometre (2.1 mi) security perimeter and asked residents of the wider area to stay indoors with windows closed to avoid breathing in the gases.
No deaths or serious injuries have been reported from the island’s first eruption in 50 years, thanks to the quick evacuation of more than 6,000 people in the first hours after the quake burst open weeks after the earthquake.
As the terrain was leveled as it approached the coast, the lava flow slowed, causing it to widen and cause more damage to villages and farms. The local economy is largely based on agriculture, above all the cultivation of the Canary banana.
Just before pouring a rock into the sea at a local point known as Los Guerres, lava rolled onto a coastal highway, cutting the last road in the area connecting the island to several villages.
ngel Victor Torres, regional president of the Canary Islands, said, “We hope that the channel that is open to the sea will prevent the lava flow, which at one point widened to reach 600 meters, as it would cause tremendous damage.” Has happened.” Sarkar, told Cope Radio.
Torres said his government is working to provide homes to those who have lost their homes. The officials plan to buy over 100 houses that are currently lying vacant. Torres cited Todok, a village where 1,400 people lived, which was wiped out.
La Palma, home to about 85,000 people, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwest Africa. The island is approximately 35 kilometers (22 mi) long and 20 kilometers (12 mi) wide.
Cleaning crews shed ash in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, while weeks of minor earthquakes were registered by geologists beneath the volcano.
Spain’s National Geographic Institute said flights to the airport on La Palma, an important tourist destination, along with its neighboring islands were canceled due to the huge ash cloud.
However, Laura Garces, director of Spain’s air navigation authority ENAIRE, said she did not see any major problems for the archipelago or other airports on major air routes.
Experts have said it is too early to determine how long the eruption will last. Previous eruptions in the archipelago have lasted for weeks, even months.
___ Wilson reported from Barcelona.