the essential In total, 6 85 people have been evacuated since the start of the eruption, which has not yet claimed any casualties. Among them are 400 tourists “who have been removed from risk areas” and settled in Tenerife, on another island in the archipelago, the authorities said.
On Wednesday, the lava, which is now moving “at 300 meters per hour, according to a volcanologist, continues to spread.
Faced with this situation, the firefighters engaged in the night of Tuesday to Wednesday a desperate attempt to try to deviate towards a ravine the lava flow threatening homes in Todoque, one of the villages evacuated by the authorities and the last town before the coast, some 2 km away as the crow flies.
“It costs nothing to try,” said the firefighters on Twitter, posting images of construction machinery activating at night in front of rubble, a few hundred meters from a glowing lava flow.
The damage caused by the eruption – the first since 614 on this island populated by nearly 100 000 inhabitants – would exceed 400 million euros, according to the president of the Canary Islands region, Angel Victor Torres.