In images, in picturesFive thousand people have had to leave their homes since the eruption began on Sunday afternoon.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted on the Spanish island of La Palma, in the Canary archipelago, continued, Monday, September 20 at midday, to spit lava flows that destroyed a hundred houses and continued their descent to the coast.
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 is not planning any further evacuations at this stage, with the lava flows heading ” towards the sea “.
The eruption, the first on the island of La Palma for fifty years, has not claimed any victims but has already caused significant damage. Lorena Hernandez Labrador, city councilor in Los Llanos de Aridane, one of the villages affected by the lava flows, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that a “Hundred houses” had been “Destroyed in the municipalities of Los Llanos, El Paso and Tazacorte”.
Asked about public television (TVE), the president of the local authority of the island of La Palma, Mariano Hernandez Zapata, spoke of a landscape of desolation, left by “Lava tongues” tall “About six meters” and “Which swallow up everything in their path”.
Angie Chaux, 27, who lives a few kilometers from the volcano in Los Llanos de Aridane, told AFP that she had had “Three minutes” to evacuate her home at 4.30 a.m. with her husband and 3-year-old child.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano had been under close surveillance for a week due to a huge surge in seismic activity. According to the president of the Canary Islands region, Angel Victor Torres, it would contain between 17 and 20 million cubic meters of magma. For this reason, the rash “Will continue”, even if “According to the technical committee, everything seems to indicate that there will be no new eruption points”, detailed the chosen one in a video posted on Twitter.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who was due to go to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, decided to visit the island immediately, where he arrived on Sunday evening to follow the development of the situation and the operations.
Esta mañana he visitado el centro de acogida de afectados por la erupción volcánica en La Palma. Quiero transmitir… https://t.co/4Fij6JrcIU
According to the scientific coordinator of the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands, Nemesio Perez, the activity of the Cumbre Vieja volcano could last “Several weeks, even a few months” due to the presence of a second pocket of magma located 20 or 30 kilometers deep.