A new stream of very liquid lava appeared on Friday on the Spanish island of La Palma, where the Cumbre Via volcano has already released 80 million cubic meters of magma since it erupted almost two weeks ago. Officials said.
According to the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), the new flow began at 02:30 (01:30 GMT), after a new mouth appeared on the Cumbrey Viza in the Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of Africa.
Aerial videos uploaded by IGME and the Canary Islands Volcano Company (Involcon) show a magnificent river of glittering lava passing through the burnt ground.
This new stream was added to the lava, which continued to accumulate in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, forming a vast magma that stretched over 20 hectares.
Since the eruption on September 19, Cumbre Visa has released “80 million cubic meters of magma,” Angel Vector Torres, regional president of the Canaries, told a news conference.
According to Torres, this is more than double the number of times the neighboring Teneguna volcano erupted in 1971.
The eruption left no casualties or injuries, and almost 6,000 of the island’s 85,000 residents were evacuated. According to the European geospatial measurement system Copernicus, it destroyed 870 buildings and covered 358 hectares of land.
After traveling six kilometers in the first days of the eruption, after virtually stopping, the lava flow finally reached the ocean overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, causing large amounts of smoke and toxic gas.
To prevent poisoning, a safety perimeter with a radius of 3.5 km, as well as a two-nautical-mile seaside exclusion zone were established. Authorities on the island have also asked residents of several neighborhoods to close their homes.
In recent hours, the concentration of sulfur dioxide has increased in Tajakorte, a village close to where the Lajas flow into the sea, as the ash particles have increased in density throughout the area.
During a visit to the island on Friday, Presidency Minister Felix Bolanos tried to reassure residents that the reconstruction of disaster areas was a “priority” for the government.
According to Bolanos, Prime Minister Pedro Sంచnchez, who has visited La Palma twice since the eruption began, will return to the island on Sunday.