Canary Islands, El Paso — VolcanoThe aftermath can last up to 84 days, experts say. The Canary Volcanology Institute said it was calculated based on the length of previous eruptions in the archipelago. This was followed by massive lava flows and sustained seismic activity, similar to recent eruptions.
The institute reported on Tuesday night that the number of small eruptions throwing rocks and burnt into the air on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands in northwestern Africa, has increased significantly.
Officials say earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain are still dangerous to the population.
Since the eruption last Sunday, a powerful river of unstoppable lava, nearly 20 feet high, has swallowed 185 buildings, mostly rural homes. According to the Institute of Volcanology, lava currently covers about 381 acres.
The lava flow was heading downhill towards the island’s densely populated coast. Late Tuesday, about 1,000 people were evacuated from the coastline near Todoke, bringing the total number of evacuees to about 6,000.
Encounters of lava and water bodies with temperatures above 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit can cause explosions and create clouds of toxic gas.
Although the damage to homes, infrastructure and farmland is enormous, rapid evacuation helped avoid casualties from the eruption, officials say.
Late Tuesday, paramedics on the island attempted to use a front loader to clear the path of lava and divert part of the lava in the hope of keeping it away from the site. Authorities said they weren’t sure if it would work.
According to the Institute of Volcanology, the volcano also emits 8,000 to 10,500 tonnes of sulfur dioxide, which affects the lungs.
Erupting volcanoes on Spanish islands could remain a threat for months
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