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1,800 degree lava can reach the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday, causing an explosion and creating a cloud of poisonous gas.
El Paso, Canary Islands — Aerial photographs from a local video agency capture the destruction facing the small island of La Palma in the Canary Islands since the eruption of the volcano.
The green and turquoise colors of the tropical paradise landscape changed to black and gray as lava covered the entire fields, roads, houses and pools.
When new volcanic spouts were blown off and unstoppable lava rivers flowed toward the sea, Spanish island officials said on Tuesday that earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, ash, acid rain, etc. I warned that many dangers await.
Several small earthquakes struck the Atlantic Ocean off northwestern Africa on Tuesday, keeping nerves sharp after the volcanic eruption on Sunday. With a population of 85,000, the island is part of the Canary Islands, an important tourist destination for Europeans.
Officials said the new rift indicated that the area was unstable and unsafe, leaving people at least 2 km (1.25 miles) apart.
Up to 6 meters high, the lava river gradually approached the island’s densely populated coast, rolling down the hillside, burning and crushing all of its roads. One was succumbing to Todoque, where more than 1,000 people lived and paramedics were preparing to evacuate.
So far, the eruption has destroyed about 190 homes and forced 6,000 people to evacuate.
“The truth is, it’s a tragedy to see people lose their property,” said Fernando Diaz, a local government worker in the town of El Paso.
According to Miguel Angel Morquende, head of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Program, lava advance is expected to slow to about 120 meters (400 feet) per hour and reach the Atlantic Ocean by Wednesday. did not.
“When (lava) reaches the sea, it will be a decisive moment,” said Angel Victor Torres, head of government of the Canary Islands.
Encounters of lava and water bodies with temperatures above 1,000 degrees Celsius (above 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit) can cause explosions and create clouds of toxic gas. Torres asked locals to remember the last eruption of the island in 1971, when one died after inhaling the gas released when the lava encountered the water.
Changes in wind direction blew ash from the volcano to the vast area west of the island, with black particles covering it all. Volcanic ash irritates the eyes and lungs.
According to the Volcanology Institute, the volcano emits 8,000 to 10,500 tonnes of sulfur dioxide (which also affects the lungs) daily.
In addition to the dangers, Nemesio Perez, director of the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute, said that in addition to the dangers, there is no denying that new cracks will occur in the lava-squirting Earth. Has important surface seismic activity. “
The new rift that appeared on Monday night is 900 meters (3,000 feet) north of the Kumbrevieha Ridge. Here, the volcano first erupted on Sunday after thousands of small earthquakes lasted for a week. The earthquake swarm warned authorities that an eruption was likely and allowed many to avoid casualties and evacuate.
A new rift opened after the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said it was a magnitude 3.8 earthquake.
Scientists say lava flows can last for weeks or months.
Torres describes the lava-stricken area as a “catastrophe zone” and demands money to rebuild roads and water pipes and create temporary accommodation for families who have lost their homes and farmlands. Said.
Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia will visit the area on Thursday.
Travis Pittman contributed to this report.
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