The outbreak of Cumbre Vieja in La Palma is not only about destroyed buildings and thousands of evacuated residents. The lava flowing out of the volcano has also changed the underwater landscape in the area where the lava flows into the ocean. Thanks to the recordings made available by Spanish researchers, we can see how the eruption affected the local aquatic organisms.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been spitting lava on La Palma for over a month. In recent weeks we have been able to watch the ravages that the river causes on the land as it flows out of the crater of incandescent magma, destroying everything that comes its way. A few weeks ago, the first lava flows reached the ocean. As it turns out, it is also important for underwater life. Now, thanks to the recordings, we can see how the eruption affected animal life and the marine ecosystem.
Cumbre Vieja volcano. Underwater life
The lava delta that formed off the coast of La Palma has slipped to a depth of up to 400 meters. The video shared by the Spanish Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC) shows underwater organisms covered in ash and volcanic ash.
The threat continues
More than two thousand buildings have been destroyed on the island since the volcanic eruption, and thousands of inhabitants have had to leave their homes. Regional authorities confirmed that another 150 people had been ordered to evacuate in the south-west of La Palma on Friday morning because of the lava river approaching the buildings. The threat increased on Thursday night as the two lava flows descending from Cumbre Vieja towards the Atlantic merged into one.
Main photo source: Reuters / IEO-CSIC