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.
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”.
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.
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.
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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