LOS ARIDANE: A huge wall of molten lava creeping down the slopes of Spain’s La Palma island has currently ruined 320 buildings, as anxious locals saw the circulation inching in the direction of the sea on Wednesday.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano emerged on Sunday in the south of La Palma, one of seven islands that make up the Canary Islands island chain off the coastline of Morocco.
The EU’s Copernicus observation program said the lava currently covered 154 hectares and also had actually damaged 320 buildings, double the figure it had actually given 1 day previously.
Specialists are anticipating the number to increase as the slow-moving mass slides in the direction of the island’s western shore, when its interaction with the sea is most likely to create surges and also cause poisonous gas emissions.
Thus far, 6,100 individuals have actually been evacuated, amongst them 400 tourists who were taken to the neighbouring island of Tenerife, the Canaries local government said.
Although there have actually been no casualties, the damages to land as well as residential property has actually been enormous, with the Canaries local head Angel Victor Torres estimating the number to be well over 400 million euros ($ 470m).
In a desperate effort to draw away the circulation, firefighters could be seen making use of heavy machinery to dig a channel towards a nearby ravine as the advancing lava glowed in the background.
” It’s except a desire of trying,” they tweeted along with a video clip of the miner hard at the workplace.
Experts servicing the Pevolca volcanic emergency situation strategy claim there are two lava flows: one to the north and also one additional south, which is hardly moving.
David Calvo, a specialist with the Involcan volcanology institute, stated the lava had “slowed down a whole lot since it is getting to an extremely level area however it is acquiring height. There are areas where it is currently 15 metres thick”.
If the lava– which has a temperature of 1,100 degrees Celsius– remains to relocate at the exact same pace, it will reach the sea by Thursday.
And also when it gets there, there will certainly be “a big battle of the titans between the water as well as the lava,” he said. “With those contrasting temperatures, it causes substantial explosions and also a fragmentation of the lava which flashes like projectiles.”
Involcan specialists experienced the same phenomenon in 2018 at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii where 16 individuals were injured by the explosion of fragments and someone “nearly shed a leg”, he claimed.
When the lava reaches the coast, it will likewise send out clouds of acidic, harmful gas into the air, produced by the interaction with the salt water, which can be harmful to inhale, experts state.
The volcano was additionally putting out some 10,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide exhausts per day which revealed “the pace, the intensity of the eruption is not mosting likely to reduce”, Calvo said.