A river of glowing lava meandered downstream from the new fissure, which erupted on Thursday evening about 400 meters north of the site of the primary eruption. Several vents have opened since the volcano began to erupt on September 19, but the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology described the latest opening as a new “eruption hotbed”.
“There are concerns about the path of this new flow towards the sea, even if it should join the previous one in the coming hours,” said the president of the city council of La Palma, Mariano Hernandez Zapata.
He said more homes were engulfed in lava overnight.
“We have more dramas to come, more people to take care of,” he said at a press conference.
About 6,000 people have been evacuated since the start of the eruption and have yet to return home. More than 800 buildings, including houses, churches and schools were destroyed.
The volcano released 80 million cubic meters of molten rock, said regional leader Angel Victor Torres, doubling the amount expelled in La Palma’s last major eruption 50 years ago in half the time.
Residents of Los Llanos de Aridane, one of the hardest hit towns, have started wearing umbrellas and goggles as a precaution against the volcanic dust that covers the streets and floats in the air.
“Last night the ashes irritated my eyes a lot. I had to use eye drops and my skin was itching, ”said Matilde Gonzalez Tavarez, a 45-year-old nurse who was visiting her mother in a care home in Los Llanos. .
“It’s helplessness, fear, insecurity. You don’t know what’s going to happen, ”she said, as street cleaners swept the black ash carpet behind her.
Juan Antonio Perez Gonzalez, 56, who runs a florist business in the city, fears the worst is yet to come.
“I can’t look good or give you good news because it’s a calamity,” he told Reuters. He said many locals were getting ready to pack and leave.