Sunday, October 17, 2021

Ash from latest eruption closes airport in Canary Islands

Spain’s airport authority for the Canary Islands reopened the airport on the island of La Palma on Thursday because of ash deposits from a volcano that has been erupting there for 18 days.

Airport authority Anna said on its Twitter account that the facility has been closed due to accumulation of ashes. In the news agency’s video from the airport, a cloud of ash can be seen hanging over the runway. The airport was also closed once last month due to ash.

Scientists monitoring Cambre Vieja’s eruption say it has been unexpected. It settled down several days ago, but earlier this week, it resurfaced. In the latest report from its Twitter account, the Canary Islands Volcanoes Institute said that activity had become more explosive in recent hours.

The German Research Center for Geosciences, which sent a team to La Palma, told the Associated Press that the lava flow on the island was 6,300 meters long, more than 1,000 meters wide at its widest point and up to 25 meters (82 ft) thick. Was.

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Experts said molten rock from the crater was now flowing down a lava tube, formerly hardened lava, directly into the ocean. This has allayed fears that it could spread widely and cause more destruction.

The volcanic eruption that began on September 19 has forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 of La Palma’s nearly 85,000 residents. The island is part of the Canary Islands archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.

Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.

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