Los Janos de Aridan – A new river of lava erupted from the La Palma volcano on Saturday, causing more than 1,000 buildings to be swallowed by a lava stream or further destroyed on a heavily damaged Atlantic island.
The partial collapse of the volcanic cone overnight created a new lava flow that began to follow the same path as the Cumbre Vieja ridge towards the west coast of the island.
Officials said the new lava flow was in an area where 6,000 residents rushed to evacuate after the September 19 eruption, forcing them to flee their homes and farms.
Police have sent residents who may be at risk of traveling to their homes to know what to do. The truck entered the empty exclusion zone on Saturday and left with mattresses, furniture and other items.
Emergency officer Miguel ngel Morquande said experts were closely monitoring the new land delta forming off the island’s coast as a major lava flow reached the sea last week. He said some of them could collapse and cause explosions and big waves, but that would not pose any danger as the immediate area has already been evacuated.
As of Saturday, a total of 1,186 buildings were destroyed and 497 hectares (1,228 acres) were covered with lava, according to the European Union’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service.
La Palma airport was closed for several days due to volcanic ash and then restarted. The island is part of Spain’s Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwestern Africa, that is a popular holiday destination for European tourists.
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A new river of lava threatens more buildings in La Palmas
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