22 Sep, 2021 @ 11:19
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Eruption of volcano on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands could continue until Christmas, experts predict

A House Is Saved In Extremis From Being Destroyed By Lava From The Volcano On La Palma
September 20, 2021, La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Madrid, Spain: A house in the middle of the lava of the volcano of La Palma is safe from being destroyed by lava in the area of El Paraiso, La Palma, on 21 September 2021, in La Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain). The river of lava from the 'Cumbre Vieja' volcano continues to advance towards the sea, although in the last few hours its pace has slowed down. The lava has covered a total of 103 hectares and has destroyed 156 buildings, according to the European Union's Copernicus satellite program. In addition, 5,500 people from villages near the volcano have been evacuated.POOL Obligatory Credit Image: ©Equipo I Love The World via ZUMA Press

THE volcanic eruption that began on La Palma on Sunday could last for up to three months, according to predictions by volcanology experts.

A report from the Canary Island Volcanology Institute, Involcan, said on Wednesday the eruption could last from between 24 to 84 days, based on the history of previous eruptions on the island.

For a fourth day magma burst out of vents ripped open on La Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge, shooting red hot debris high into the air.

The seismic activity is “an indicator of the intensity of the strombolian explosive activity,” the institute explained.

Strombolian is an adjective describing volcanic eruptions with violent explosions ejecting incandescent dust.

Meanwhile drone footage showed lava slowly creeping westwards towards the coast in huge tongues, destroying everything in its path.


By Wednesday morning t it had covered 154 hectares and destroyed 185 houses while forcing some 6,000 to evacuate their homes.

Authorities suggest up to 10,000 people on the island with a population of 80,000 could be evacuated in the coming days.

They also warned of the dangers that lie ahead which include further earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain.

No fatalities or injuries have been reported.


Fiona Govan

Fiona Govan joined The Olive Press in March 2021. She moved to Spain in 2006 to be The Daily Telegraph’s Madrid correspondent and then worked for six years as Editor of The Local Spain. She lives in Madrid’s Malasaña district with her dog Rufus.

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