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Eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma. Magda Gessler on the situation on the island. The restaurateur calms down the fans

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Magda Gessler expressed her concern about the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary island of La Palma. On Tuesday, the star of “Kitchen Revolutions” TVN posted a video on its social channels, showing how lava is consuming more areas. – I’m safe and I’m in Warsaw, but Spain is like a second home to me, so I’m worried about what is happening there – she said in an interview with tvn24.pl

Volcano Cumbre Vieja broke out on Sunday, destroying more areas of the Canary island of La Palma. The volcano’s activity is at the center of observation by scientists from around the world, as it is believed that a possible collapse of its western face will lead to megatsunami in the Atlantic Ocean. In a worst-case scenario, scientists predict that a tsunami would threaten the security of northern Brazil, French Guiana, the east and south coasts of the United States, and Western Sahara and Mauritania.

Read more about the devastation on the island.

On Tuesday, volcanologist from the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in Madrid, Alicia Felpeto, explained in an interview with the Madrid daily Publico that an analysis of previous Canarian volcanic eruptions showed that the eruption could last up to 84 days. “At present, the fires resulting from the eruption are the greatest threat,” warned Felpeto, pointing out that the temperature of the magma emerging from the volcano is up to 1000 degrees Celsius.

Magda Gessler: I’m safe

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The situation worried Magda Gessler, who has been associated with Spain for years and who recently visited San Sebastian, where the next episodes of the 10th edition of “MasterChef” were shot. The restaurateur and star of the “Kitchen Revolution” published a video on her social channels, showing the tragedy of the inhabitants of La Palma. In an interview with tvn24.pl, Gessler said that in recent weeks she has not been to the Canary Islands, although she has a house on one of the islands.

– Recently I was with the production of “MasterChef” in the Basque Country, in San Sebastian. I was safe all the time. However, I posted a video that I got from La Palma because I’m terrified of what’s going on there. After all, there has been talk for years about the danger of megatsunami, which would have catastrophic consequences on both sides of the Atlantic, explained Gessler.

– I am very closely connected with Spain, especially Fuerteventura. A friend of mine works in Lanzarote, who is the only Pole who is the director of one of the best Spanish hospitals – she added.

Cumbre Vieja in La Palma – the scale of damage

The real estate portal “Idealista” estimated that the volcano has so far destroyed property worth around 87 million euros. Spanish banks have offered to make vacant buildings available to people who have lost their homes.

Local authorities have advised residents to clean vegetables and clothes to avoid ingesting toxic ash. They predict that the sulfur dioxide cloud will move east over the rest of the Canary Islands, the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea.

tvn24.pl, tvnmeteo.pl, Reuters, PAP

Main photo source: StrefaG Gwiazd / Kmieciński Archive / PAP

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