The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been threatening the inhabitants of the island of La Palma for over a week. The lava continues to flow out, ignites fires, and is approaching the coast dangerously. Lots of houses and buildings were completely destroyed.
Cumbre Vieja volcano continually spews lava fountains that cause extensive fires. It has been dangerous in the region for over a week.
On Sunday, the church in Todoque on the island of La Palma, as well as several neighboring buildings, were destroyed. As a result of the temple fire, the belfry suffered the most, and some of the buildings partially collapsed. The area had been in danger before, but the flowing lava stopped.
The threat is approaching the coast
Experts said Sunday afternoon that the lava flow, which had been “virtually stopped” for two days, had reactivated. The lava began to approach the coast again. However, it is not possible to say whether it will reach the sea. According to Maria Jose Blanco of the Canary Islands Geophysical Center, the stream moves about 100-200 meters every hour.
Fearing lava, the Spanish authorities decided to close four coastal towns.
However, there are places where the situation is slowly starting to stabilize. 160 people who were evacuated on Friday were allowed to return home.
The island’s airport reopened on Sunday, but all flights were canceled. Experts say the volcano continues to produce dense clouds of smoke and ash that would significantly impede safe air traffic.
Cumbre Vieja still threatens thousands of people. According to estimates, the eruption has already left about 500 families without a home.
Reuters, elpais.com, abc.es
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