New river of lava threatens even more buildings on La Palma
LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE (AP), Canary Islands — Saturday’s eruption of the La Palma volcano unleashed a new river of lava, causing more destruction to the Atlantic Ocean island. More than 1 ,000 buildings were already engulfed by streams of molten rocks.
The partial collapse of the volcano cone overnight led to a new stream of lava that began to follow a similar route down the Cumbre Vieja Ridge toward the west shore of the island. It eventually reached the ocean.
Authorities said that the new lava flow was located in the area that had been evacuated quickly following the Sept. 19 volcano eruption. Six ,000 residents were forced from their homes and farms to flee the area.
Police allowed residents whose homes may be in danger to make trips to help save their properties. Trucks arrived empty-handed Saturday morning and were loaded with furniture, mattresses and other belongings.
Miguel Angel Morcuende, Emergency official, said that experts had been closely monitoring the formation of the delta of new land off the island’s coastline since the main lava flow reached it last week. Although he said parts could collapse, causing large waves and explosions, it would not be a threat since the immediate area has been evacuated.
A total of 1 ,186 building has been destroyed in La Palma, and 497 Hectares (1 ,228 Acres) have been covered by lava as of Saturday according to the European Union’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service.
La Palma’s airport reopened after being closed for several consecutive days due to volcanic eruptions. This island is located in Spain’s Canary Islands. It is an archipelago off Northwest Africa that is popular with European tourists.
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