© Reuters. Lava flows in the direction of the coast subsequent to Tazacorte, as seen from Tijarafe, following the eruption of a volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
By Miguel Pereira and Marco Trujillo
LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – Purple sizzling lava from a volcano that devastated the Spanish island of La Palma reached the Atlantic Ocean late on Tuesday night, 9 days after it began to circulation down the mountains, wrecking buildings and destroying crops.
Reuters pictures confirmed clouds of white steam billowing up from the Playa Nueva space. Officers had warned of potential explosions and clouds of poisonous gases when the lava reaches the ocean.
“When the lava reaches the ocean, the lockdown have to be strictly noticed,” Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca response committee, mentioned earlier on Tuesday.
Lava has been flowing down the volcano’s western flank towards the ocean since Sept. 19, destroying nearly 600 homes and banana plantations in La Palma, which neighbours Tenerife within the Canary Islands archipelago off the North African coast.
Hundreds have been evacuated and three coastal villages have been locked down on Monday in anticipation of the lava assembly the Atlantic Ocean.
Spain categorized La Palma as a catastrophe zone on Tuesday, a transfer that may set off monetary help for the island.
The federal government introduced a primary package deal of 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million), which incorporates round 5 million euros to purchase homes, with the remainder to accumulate furnishings and important family items, authorities spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez mentioned.
One resident who was evacuated final week from the village of Tacande de Arriba was delighted to search out his home nonetheless standing and his pet cats unscathed.
“It is a good feeling, a incredible feeling,” mentioned Gert Waegerle, 75, who fled the advancing lava along with his 5 turtles on Friday however needed to depart the cats behind.
“I’m tremendous pleased as a result of in the long run, the whole lot turned out advantageous.”
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