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Volcanic eruption in La Palma: Experts warn of toxic volcanic vapor! – News abroad

Thousands of people are fleeing. Hundreds of homes were destroyed. On the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma, the Gumbre Viza volcano erupts!

The canaries, which include the Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote, are of volcanic origin. The last eruption of Gumbre Vija occurred in 1971.

I, BILD Reporter Constantine Week, was on the volcanic island of La Palma, I heard: The lava must reach the west coast of the Atlantic during the day. Authorities warn that toxic gases will be released when the burning volcano falls into the sea.

According to officials, this not only leads to explosive evaporation of seawater, but also when the lava flows in contact with salt water, hydrochloric acid and fine volcanic crystals are formed. These can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory tract.


The volcano flows over the island, burning to ashes everything they come in contact withPhoto: Custom Martin / AFP

So far, about a hundred homes have been destroyed, says local politician Lorena Hernandez. Including a small school, the school principal reports the Angels Knives radio station Catena insert.

“Lava destroys homes like butter,” says a local hotel owner on the Spanish television channel RTVE. “When the volcano reaches a house, nothing is left in seconds, a black mass.”

Angel Vector Torres, regional head of government in the Canary Islands, insists the “best news” is that there have been no casualties so far. The volcanic eruption in the sparsely populated area was “lucky”.


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A local: “Lava destroys houses like butter”Photo: BORJA SUAREZ / REUTERS

Before the eruption, there were numerous tremors called earthquakes.

Thousands of earthquakes measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale have been recorded for more than a week. The ground around the volcano rose about ten centimeters. So the highest warning was issued for the volcano.

La Palma is located in the northwest of the Canary Islands, an archipelago of volcanic origin in the Atlantic off the west coast of Africa. It is 85 kilometers from the nearby large island of Tenerife, a popular holiday destination for Germans, and 57 kilometers from La Gomera.


A couple takes selfies against the backdrop of volcanoes and volcanoes

A couple takes selfies against the backdrop of volcanoes and volcanoesPhoto: NACHO DOCE / REUTERS

Professor Dr. Thomas R. of the German GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ) in Potsdam. Walter told the BILD: “Unless the volcano erupts, the risk can be well estimated because the volcanic flow can be predicted by following the terrain. Therefore, the cautious approach of local scientists and officials should be assessed as very professional. No fear was triggered and reliable data were used.”

The volcanic flow, which was almost 1000 degrees, moved at a speed of about 700 meters per hour. According to forecasts, the viscous volcano will flow southwest first into uninhabited forests and then to the coast.


At about 1000 degrees Celsius, the volcano erupts over the island at a speed of 700 meters per hour

At about 1000 degrees Celsius, the volcano erupts over the island at a speed of 700 meters per hourPhoto: Kick Rinkon / DPA

Volcanologist Walter: “If new, strong earthquakes occur or fractures and cracks change, the situation needs to be reconsidered. Eruptions in La Palma are few and far between.”

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