La Palma volcano eruption today: evacuation, possible tsunami and live updates
“We’re still in the middle of this …”
A river of glowing lava gushing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in Spain thickened throughout Monday, after the collapse of the north side of the crater the night before causing spectacular explosions, but authorities ruled out further evacuations.
Despite the intensification of activity, the lava seemed to follow a similar trajectory to previous flows and avoiding areas so far spared, said Canary Islands Regional President Angel Victor Torres.
“We had to order some containments because of the air quality, but we do not plan to evacuate more people, “he said Monday morning in an interview with TVE television.
Torres said the volcano had emitted approximately three times the material expelled during the last major eruption of the island in 1971, in a quarter of the time.
He added that his administration planned to buy around 300 houses to house those who have lost their homes and said it was too early to tell how great the total damage would be.
“We’re still in the middle of this … if the lava continues to spurt out in the same amounts as we saw last night, the damage is going to be greater,“Torres said.
About 1,000 buildings have been destroyed since the eruption began on September 19 and 6,000 people have been evacuated, mainly from the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, two of the island’s main population centers of 83,000.
(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)