Lava from a volcanic eruption within the Canary Islands has reached the ocean, volcanologists mentioned, fearing the discharge of poisonous gases when lava collides with sea water.
The territorial authorities of the Spanish archipelago had already introduced an exclusion zone of two nautical miles the place lava was anticipated to enter the Atlantic and requested close by residents to remain at house.
“The lava stream at Playa Nueva has reached the ocean,” the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (INVOLCAN) mentioned on Twitter Tuesday evening.
The La Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupts right into a southern ridge in La Palma, an island with 85,000 inhabitants, erupted on September 19, with rivers of lava that slowly drifted towards the ocean.
Residents in a number of areas of Tzacorte, a village close to the coast, have been informed to remain at house on Monday to keep away from harm from poisonous gases brought on by a response between molten lava and water.
On Tuesday afternoon, the slow-moving lava stream, whose velocity has diverse over the previous few days, even stopping at one level, was nonetheless about 800 meters (half a mile) from the coast, inflicting It turned inconceivable to foretell when it could attain the ocean.
Miguel ngel Morcuende, Technical Director of the Canary Islands, pressured, “The residents have been warned to remain at house due to the likelihood that the magma would enter the ocean water, and this small shock would trigger vapors that may be poisonous.” Volcano Emergency Plan (Pevolka).
Specialists say that the penetration of lava into seawater will ship clouds of poisonous fuel into the air, inflicting explosions and fragmentation of molten rock like bullets.
“Inhalation or contact with acid gases and liquids can irritate the pores and skin, eyes, and respiratory tract, and trigger problem respiratory, particularly in folks with pre-existing respiratory illnesses,” Involcan mentioned. warned.
A state of pure catastrophe has been declared on the island, the place molten rock has up to now made its method into greater than 258 hectares (640 acres) of land and destroyed 589 properties – not all of them properties, European In keeping with the Union Copernicus Earth Commentary Program.
The federal government earlier on Tuesday launched 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million) in help for victims of the blaze, particularly to purchase housing for these whose properties have been engulfed in lava.
The explosion has compelled greater than 6,000 folks to be evacuated from their properties, however nobody has been killed or injured up to now.
The island of La Palma is especially inhabited by banana cultivation and tourism.
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