The Cumbre Vieja volcano had been under close surveillance for a week due to a huge surge in seismic activity.
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The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted on the Spanish island of La Palma, continued to spew lava flows on Monday, September 20 at midday. The magma destroyed a hundred houses. Five thousand people in total have had to leave their homes since the eruption began on Sunday afternoon. The regional government of the Canaries has made it clear on Twitter that it does not plan any further evacuations at this stage, as the lava flows are heading “towards the sea”.
LA LAVA ARRASA TODO A SU PASO EN LA PALMA: MÁS DE 100 VIVIENDAS DESTROZADAS
The lava, that avanza has 700 meters por hora has a temperatura of 1,075 degrees centígrados, ya ha arrasado más de 100 viviendas, cultivos y ha obligado a evacuar a 5,000 personas. #VolcanoLaPalma pic.twitter.com/Giq1R54n2t
– Conexión BTC Televisión Canaria (@Conexion_BTC) September 20, 2021
The eruption, the first on the island of La Palma for 50 years, has claimed no casualties but has already caused significant damage. Videos circulating on social media showed impressive lava flows burning trees, completely covering roads and rushing into houses through open windows.
Los ríos de lava that recorren the vertiente oeste de #LaPalma en dirección a la costa, sepultarán comunicaciones terrestres, eléctricas y telefónicas y crearán una lluvia ácida cuando, en las próximas horas, lleguen al mar
– RTVC (@RTVCes) September 20, 2021
Asked about public television (TVE), the president of the local authority of the island of La Palma, Mariano Hernández Zapata, spoke of a landscape of desolation, left by “lava tongues” tall “about six meters” and “which swallow up everything in their path”. According to the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute, these flows advance at an average speed of 700 meters per hour, with a temperature of nearly 1,000 ° C.