Rock blocks “the size of three-story buildings” floated on a river of lava flowing down the slopes of Cumbre Vieja after the northern crater collapsed, the Spanish Geology and Mining Institute reported, documenting this with a video. The island of La Palma is constantly experiencing increased seismic activity.
Three weeks have passed since the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canarian island of La Palma, after 50 years of silence. During this time, lava with a temperature exceeding 1,000 degrees Celsius destroyed 1,186 buildings, covering an area of 493 hectares. Six thousand people were evacuated.
Huge rock blocks and a river of lava
The Spanish Geology and Mining Institute has reported “irregular” blocks of rock “the size of three-story buildings floating in a rapidly flowing river of boiling lava” up the slope of Cumbre Vieja. It happened after the northern part of the volcano’s crater had collapsed.
This information was accompanied by a video posted on the institute’s website.
Lava flooded the last buildings in the village of Todoque
As reported on Sunday by the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (ING), a lava flow with temperatures reaching 1,240 degrees Celsius destroyed the last few buildings that still resisted the element in the village of Todoque.
New lava flows
“The collapse of the northern part of the volcano released large blocks of rock material and new flows along the evacuated areas,” the Spanish Department of Homeland Security tweeted. As added, “the lava has reached the industrial estate Camino de la Garta and new buildings.”
More shocks on La Palma
The volcano’s activity has increased in recent days and there is a large number of seismic tremors. On Sunday, until the afternoon of Polish time, there were 21 tremors. The strongest of them had a magnitude of 3.8, the Spanish National Geological Institute (ING) reported.
The shocks occurred in Mazo, Fuencaliente and El Paso. As previously reported, there were 100 tremors between Friday and Saturday.
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Main photo source: © Geological Survey of Spain (IGME)