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Volcano eruption: Danger not over for Spanish island residents, authorities warn



Images show the damage caused days after a volcano erupted on a Spanish island, forcing the evacuation of more than 6,800 people. 

Villagers on the island of La Palma – part of the Canary Islands archipelago – were met with a wall of lava up to 40 feet high on Wednesday following Sunday afternoon’s eruption. 


Authorities warned Tuesday that threats, like lava flows, ash, toxic gases, acid rain and earthquakes, were expected to continue following several small tremors.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, lava from a volcano eruption flows destroying houses on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain.
(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

The people of La Palma – a population of 85,000 – were kept at least 1. 25 miles away from the area as rivers of lava continued to roll down hills and 1,000 people were evacuated late Tuesday from Todoque. 

Thus far, the eruption has destroyed hundreds of buildings, though the lava’s advance has slowed as it heads toward the Atlantic Ocean. 

Residents remove their belongings from their houses as lava from a volcano eruption flows, as they are evacuated from their village in Los Llanos, on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.
(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

While the more than 1,800-degree-Fahrenheit lava with water could cause explosions and produce toxic gas, the volcano has also been producing thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide and new cracks in the earth cannot be ruled out, according to Canary Islands Volcanology Institute head Nemesio Pérez. 

No casualties have been reported from the eruption but scientists say lava flows could last for weeks or even months.


Firefighting crews have worked tirelessly to try to open a trench to divert and the lava flow and save as many houses as possible.

Lava from a volcano eruption flows on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. 
(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Volcanology Institute reported that the lava now covers 154 hectares, entombing banana groves, vineyards and blocking roads.

Spain’s King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia are scheduled to visit the area on Thursday.

Hot lava reaches a balsa normally used for for irrigation after an eruption of a volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Monday Sept. 20, 2021.
(Europa Press via AP)

Sunday’s event was the second volcanic eruption in 50 years for the island and was preceded by a 4.2-magnitude earthquake after researchers detected a swarm of more than 20,000 small earthquakes occurring the week before.


The last eruption on the island was in 1971 and lasted for more than three weeks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital. 

Lava pours out of volcano on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands

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Lava pours out of volcano on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands

Lava flows next to a house following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park at El Paso, on the Canary Island of La Palma, September 19, 2021. (REUTERS)

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Lava pours out of volcano on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands

  • Video footage shared on social media, which Reuters has been unable to verify, showed the lava entering a house

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LA PALMA, Spain: A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers toward houses in two villages from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.
Authorities had begun evacuating the infirm and some farm animals from nearby villages before the eruption at 3:15 p.m. (1415 GMT) on a wooded slope in the sparsely populated Cabeza de Vaca area, according to the islands’ government.
Two hours later, with lava edging down the hillside from five fissures torn into the hillside, the municipality ordered the evacuation of four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.
After nightfall, video footage showed fountains of lava shooting hundreds of meters into the sky, and at least three incandescent orange rivers of molten rock pouring down the hill, tearing gashes into woods and farmland, and spreading as they reached lower ground.
One stream, several hundred meters long and tens of meters wide, crossed a road and began engulfing scattered houses in El Paso. Video footage shared on social media, which Reuters has been unable to verify, showed the lava entering a house.
“When the volcano erupted today, I was scared. For journalists it is something spectacular, for us it is a tragedy. I think the lava has reached some relatives’ houses,” local resident Isabel Fuentes, 55, told Spanish television TVE.
“I was 5 years old when the volcano last erupted (in 1971). You never get over a volcanic eruption,” added Fuentes, who said she had moved to another house on Sunday for her safety.

Canary Islands President Angel Victor Torres told a press conference on Sunday night that 5,000 people had been evacuated and no injuries had been reported so far.
“It is not foreseeable that anyone else will have to be evacuated. The lava is moving toward the coast and the damage will be material. According to experts there are about 17-20 million cubic meters of lava,” he said.
Flights to and from the Canaries were continuing as normal, the airport operator Aena said.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in La Palma, the most northwesterly island of the archipelago, late on Sunday for talks with the islands’ government on managing the eruption.
“We have all the resources (to deal with the eruption) and all the troops, the citizens can rest easy,” he said.
Stavros Meletlidis, a doctor of volcanology at the Spanish Geographical Institute, said the eruption had torn five holes in the hillside and that he could not be sure how long it would last.
“We have to measure the lava every day and that will help us to work it out.”
King Felipe spoke with Torres and was following the developments, the royal household said.
La Palma had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors were reported in the space of a week in Cumbre Vieja, a chain of volcanoes that last had a major eruption in 1971 and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the Canaries.
In 1971, one man was killed as he was taking photographs near the lava flows, but no property was damaged.
The earliest recorded eruption in La Palma was in 1430, according to the Spanish National Geographical Institute (ING).

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GISMETEO: A volcano erupted in the Canary Islands: video – Nature

GISMETEO: A volcano erupted in the Canary Islands: video – Nature | Weather news.

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On September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on the island of La Palma (part of the Canary Islands) near the village of El Paso.

No one was hurt, according to local authorities.

This volcano has 5 mouths, magma is currently moving towards the coast. Lava flows have already passed through several roads, and also destroyed several buildings. Volcanic material is ejected from the crater. The authorities evacuated part of the inhabitants of the island.

The health service of the Canary Islands has donated its resources and equipment to help people.

Specialists of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands warned about the eruption in advance – seismic activity on the island intensified, more than 21 thousand tremors were registered in a week. nine0003

Previously, the volcano on La Palma erupted only in 1971.

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