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La Palma volcano eruption captured from observatory on Sunday

At least 10,000 people may need to be evacuated after a volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, with authorities warning that lava pouring into the sea could release toxic gases.

More than 160 homes have been destroyed since the eruption and some 6,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes in villages near the volcano.

Lava flowing from the volcano is now about to reach the sea, raising fears that the flow will mix with the salt water to produce “explosions and the emission of toxic gases,” according to the Canary Islands Volcano Emergency Plan Crisis Team (Pevolca).

Experts have warned that a large water vapor explosion could be set off once the lava tongue, which has a temperature of over 1,000 ° C, contacts the sea.

The vapor plume resulting from the explosion could cause hydrochloric acid and small particles of volcanic glass to fall, although it is not known when this will occur.

Meanwhile, some 360 ​​tourists were evacuated from the eruption and taken by boat to the neighboring island of Tenerife on Monday, a spokesperson for ferry operator Fred Olsen said.

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Lava wall “consumer houses and infrastructure”

Mariano Hernandez, president of the island of La Palma, urged people to stay away from the area near the volcano and called the scene “grim”.
Mr Hernandez told reporters that a six-meter (20-foot) high lava wall “would consume homes, infrastructure. [and] crops on its way to the coast ”.
This contradicted comments made by Spain’s Minister of Tourism, who was criticized for telling a local radio station that the eruption was “a wonderful sight”.
Insisting that the island was “open,” Reyes Maroto told Canal Sur radio: “There are no restrictions on getting to the island.
“On the contrary, we pass the information on so that tourists know that they can go to the island and enjoy something unusual, see it for themselves. “
Daniel KeaneSeptember 21, 2021 10:18 AM
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No more evacuations as lava gushes out of the volcano

Lava gushing from the Canary Islands’ first volcanic eruption on earth in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of the municipality of El Paso on the island of La Palma.
Residents of the Tacande Alto neighborhood were evacuated late Monday and early Tuesday after a new flow of lava began to flow from another fissure on the slope of the Cumbre Viejo volcano.
“The lava on its way to the sea has been a little capricious and has turned its course,” El Paso mayor Sergio Rodriguez told state broadcaster TVE.
The volcano threw lava hundreds of meters into the air, engulfed forests and sent molten rock toward the ocean above a sparsely populated area of ​​La Palma.
So far, around 6,000 of the 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption, although no deaths have been reported.
Daniel KeaneSeptember 21, 2021 10:04 AM

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