The images, captured by a satellite of the American Earth observation company Maxar Technologies on Thursday, October 14, show the thick plume of smoke rising from the crater of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, forming a heavy, dark cloud above the island. Streams of incandescent lava descend the side of the mountain range towards the coast, leveling everything in their path.A report: 10 incredible volcanoes in our solar system
“The lava forms a huge delta on the coast of La Palma and has claimed about 98 acres (40 hectares) of new land from the Atlantic Ocean,” Maxar representatives wrote in a statement. Description of the Twitter image.
On Friday, October 15, the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology (Involcan) shared terrifying footage of the ground, capturing a rapid flow of hot lava passing past abandoned buildings.
“One of our teams was able to film a real lava tsunami today”, Involcan tweeted. “Impressive speed and overflow of the lava channel. “
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One of our teams was able to film a veritable lava “tsunami” today. Impressive speed and overflow of the lava channel / today one of our team members was able to film a real “tsunami” of lava. Incredible speed and overflow of the lava channel. pic.twitter.com/aoKiUSJ2bXOctober 14, 2021
But the hellish spectacle is far from entertaining for the locals. According to the European Union’s Copernicus emergency watch service, 1,817 buildings have perished in the boiling lava since the start of the September 19 eruption. More than 7.3 square kilometers of land has been submerged as the volcano continues to spew more and more lava.
The rash iintensified last weekend after part of the Cumbre Vieja crater collapsed on Saturday, October 9, allowing lava to spill out in new directions. Boulders the size of a house were seen descending from the crater as new lava streams quickly found their way to the Atlantic Ocean coast, destroying settlements that had been spared by the original exit.
According to the Guardian, local authorities on Thursday (October 14th) ordered around 300 people to evacuate their condemned homes in the towns of Tazacorte and La Laguna, leaving them only a few hours to collect their belongings and pets.
#EUSpace for #Eruption[email protected] released its 2️⃣1⃣ #LaPalma eruption monitoring product #CumbreVieja) ➡️1817 destroyed buildings detected🏠 (+269) pic.twitter.com/XDV9whmV2dOctober 15, 2021
Meanwhile, the sulfur dioxide cloud emitted by the volcano stretches across Europe, reaching elevations of up to 3.1 miles (5 kilometers), according to the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). It is expected to cross Europe from west to east over the next few days, said Mark Parrington, senior scientist at CAMS. said on twitter.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano woke up on September 19 after 50 years of silence. More than 20,000 light earthquakes alerted geologists and local authorities in the week before the eruption of the magma rising inside the volcano. Experts fear the rash could continue for months.