VIDEOS. Eruption of a volcano in the Canaries: a mountain of magma forms in the ocean

the essential As the lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary Island of La Palma, reached the ocean, white clouds containing gases formed around the pyramid of volcanic rocks, which arose in the water.

On the tenth day of its eruption, lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands, reached the sea. This contact of lava with water can generate harmful gases, which is why the inhabitants several neighborhoods in the municipality of Tazacorte remained confined.

A minimum distance of 3.5 kilometers has been requested by the authorities. From the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, the lava plunges from the cliffs of the coast, thus forming a pyramid of volcanic rocks. The white clouds, therefore containing gases, surround the mountain of magma, but dilute quickly, reports L’Ind├ępendant.

“Thermal shock”

Coming from deeper areas, the volume of lava is larger, hotter, and moves faster. Experts are now closely monitoring the “thermal shock when lava comes into contact with sea water”. Indeed, molten volcanic rocks have a temperature greater than 1 000 degrees, while the ocean is around 23 degrees.

This shock between the sea and the magma explains the vapor columns charged with hydrochloric acid. To date, lava has already covered 258 hectares and approximately 600 buildings, according to Copernicus satellite monitoring, the European Union program. On his way to the sea he destroyed more than 580 buildings and 21 kilometers of road .

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