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Volcanic eruption La Palma: The lava reaches the ocean – experts now fear dangerous consequences

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After a volcanic eruption in La Palma, the volcano flows over the rocks into the sea. Steam clouds rise. Experts warn of toxic gases.

Santa Cruz – Ten days after the eruption of La Palma, the time has come: a huge volcanic eruption reaches the shores of the holiday island and pours into the Atlantic. The scene was expected, but at the same time spectacular and strange. The lava falls into the sea from a hundred meter high cliff near Dassault near the beach. Shortly before that, the entire port area was evacuated. The Spanish government declared the Canary Islands of La Palma as part of the disaster on Tuesday.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma – Fear of toxic gases

The Canary Islands Volcano Company tweeted at night that “the volcanic flow has reached the ocean in Playa Nueva.” Burning hot volcanic rocks sink into the sea, steam clouds rise above. They are ghost records. A few hours ago, the volcano rolled meter by meter along the coast. Authorities have set up a no-go zone within 3.5 kilometers of the affected area. Curfew orders have been issued in four cities. West Coast residents are being asked to close doors and windows and seal them with tape and wet towels to protect themselves from toxic gases. Vanguard.

“Inhalation or contact with corrosive gases or liquids can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract and cause breathing difficulties, especially for those with pre-existing respiratory diseases,” the Canary Islands Volcano Institute warns. “When you’re out, find a safe place to seek refuge,” he tweeted Canary Security Commission.

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Experts after a while Volcanic eruption in La Palma from dangerous gases – a poisonous cloud Warned. If a very hot volcano encounters salty seawater, a dangerous reaction can occur. Toxic fumes containing hydrochloric acid and small volcanic crystals can form. According to experts, boiling heat waves are also possible.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma: Lava masses flow into the ocean

The exclusion zone is monitored from the water. Research vessels are also on site. The volcano continues to flow into the ocean. “A volcanic delta is beginning to form, which is gradually gaining ground in the ocean,” tweeted the Institute Espanol de Oceanography. A clip shows what this means. A 50 meter high lava pyramid has formed on the beach.

Volcanic eruption in La Palma

The volcano in the Cumbre Viza area of ​​La Palma erupted on September 19 for the first time in 50 years. The eruption was formerly known as the Mass Earthquake. Researchers have warned against it. Nevertheless, the Canary Islands were surprised by a large eruption. The situation changes every hour. Recently The Vulcan made a demonic pause. 6,000 people already had to leave their homes. More than 650 homes have been destroyed by volcanoes. Many have lost everything. The damage is enormous. Experts estimate that the volcano will be active for weeks or even months. Volcanic eruption La Palma is also notable in Europe. A gigantic sulfur cloud Spreading. (Ml) * Is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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