La Palma Volcano Eruption: Wall Of Lava Flows Down Hillsides Of Spanish Island, Destroying Everything In Its Path (Photos)
By News Creatives Authors, in Business , at September 22, 2021
A volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is causing mounting damage and the hurried evacuation of thousands of residents as a giant wall of lava from the explosion continues to snake along the coast, engulfing everything in its path.
The Cumbre Vieja ridge volcano erupted for the first time since 1971 on Sunday, following a series of small earthquakes.
The lava from the volcano has since rolled down the hillsides of the Canary island, destroying schools, businesses, banana plantations and at least 150 houses, mostly in the areas of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso, according to Reuters.
About 6,000 of La Palma’s 80,000 residents have been evacuated so far, though the number keeps increasing as the lava continues to make its way toward the Atlantic Ocean.
Experts previously warned that the lava could reach the sea by Monday, possibly triggering explosions of clouds of toxic gas, though the flow of the lava has since slowed.
No injuries or deaths from the eruption have been reported so far.
Though the lava is “advancing very slowly,” Mariano Hernández, the chief of La Palma’s council, told a local radio station he is worried because the flow is “very close” to Todoque, a neighborhood that houses more than 1,000 people. “We’re also very concerned for the families who’ve lost absolutely everything,” Hernández said. “More than 150 homes have literally disappeared, and if the advance continues at its current pace, that number could double or triple.”