© Reuters. Lava flows following the eruption of a volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tazacorte port, Spain, October 1, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina
By Juan Medina and Marco Trujillo
MADRID (Reuters) -Lava flowed from a newly opened crack within the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma on Friday, carving a special path from earlier flows and elevating fears of extra destruction, whereas wonderful ash compelled islanders to don masks and goggles.
A river of red-hot lava snaked downhill from the brand new fissure, which burst open late on Thursday round 400 metres (1,300 ft) to the north of the first eruption web site.
A number of vents have opened for the reason that volcano started erupting on Sept. 19 however the Canaries Volcanology Institute described the newest opening as a brand new “focus of eruption”.
“There’s concern concerning the path of this new circulation in direction of the ocean, though it’s anticipated to hitch up with the earlier one throughout the subsequent few hours,” mentioned the pinnacle of La Palma’s council, Mariano Hernandez Zapata.
He mentioned extra homes had been engulfed by lava in a single day.
“We’ve extra drama forward, extra folks to deal with,” he informed a information convention.
About 6,000 folks have been evacuated for the reason that eruption started and are but to return dwelling. Greater than 800 buildings together with homes, church buildings and colleges have been destroyed.
The volcano has thrown out 80 million cubic metres of molten rock, regional chief Angel Victor Torres mentioned, doubling the quantity expelled throughout La Palma’s final main eruption 50 years in the past in half the time.
Residents of Los Llanos de Aridane, one of many worst affected cities, have taken to carrying umbrellas and sporting eye safety as a precaution in opposition to the volcanic mud blanketing the streets and floating within the air.
“Final night time the ash was irritating my eyes so much, I had to make use of eye drops and my pores and skin was stinging,” mentioned Matilde Gonzalez Tavarez, a 45-year-old nursing assistant visiting her mom at a care dwelling in Los Llanos.
“It is helplessness, concern, insecurity. You do not know what is going on to occur,” she mentioned, whereas road cleaners brushed away the carpet of black ash behind her.
Juan Antonio Perez Gonzalez, 56, who runs a floristry enterprise within the city, fears the worst is but to return.
“I can not put a superb face on it or provide you with excellent news as a result of it is a calamity,” he informed Reuters. He mentioned most of the townspeople had been making ready to pack up and go away.
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