the essential Near 100 hectares of land affected by lava, thousands of people evacuated and a toxic cloud that threatens … Le Dépêche du Midi takes stock of the situation on the island of La Palma.
The lava is approaching the ocean very slowly
The lava flow from a volcano that erupted on Sunday on the island of La Palma, in the Spanish Canary Islands, was advancing slowly on Wednesday afternoon, so much so that it was no longer certain that it reaches the Atlantic Ocean.
According to a new report on Wednesday 21 September, 320 buildings were destroyed and 154 hectares of land affected by lava.
According to the Volcanological Institute of the Canaries (Involcan), the eruption of Cumbre Vieja could last “between 22 and 84 days “, resulting in significant gas and smoke emissions.
6 100 evacuees
An increase in activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano led to the evacuation of 500 additional people on Monday night 20 to Tuesday 21 September bringing the total to 6 100 moved to the Spanish island of La Palma. Among them are 400 tourists who have been transferred to Tenerife, another island in the archipelago, the authorities said.
According to a new report on Wednesday 21 September, 320 buildings were destroyed and 154 hectares of land affected by lava. The volcano has so far not killed or injured.
The threat of a toxic cloud
The lava flow from a volcano erupting on Sunday on the island of La Palma, in the Spanish Canary Islands, continues to progress and move closer to the Atlantic Ocean. A phenomenon that worries experts who fear the possible emissions of toxic gases. Indeed, the contact between the lava and the sea could cause the emanation of gas as well as explosions of pieces of lava generated by the thermal shock, and waves of boiling water, according to the Institute of Geological Studies. of the United States (USGS).
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For now, columns of black smoke several hundred meters high continue to rise from this volcano, Cumbre Vieja. Authorities said the suspended ash reduced visibility and asked islanders to limit their car travel.