Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lava continues to endure on Spain’s Canary Islands

Lava continued to hit La Palma, one of the Spanish Canary Islands, on Wednesday as residents fled after Sunday’s volcanic eruption.

More than 6,800 people have been evacuated since Sunday, one of the archipelago’s smallest and least populated archipelago.

The Associated Press reported that lava has so far engulfed and destroyed 320 buildings.

No casualties or injuries have been reported so far.

A 12-metre-high lava wall hit a village in La Palma on Wednesday, and experts predicted it would continue to spread for the next few days, destroying homes and crops.

The first eruption on the Canary Islands in 50 years sent lava and smoke spewing into the air as lava flowed out to sea.

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A few hours before the eruption, a large increase in seismic activity was recorded around the volcano.

Officials say the eruption is likely to continue for several days. Given the uncertainty in which direction the lava will flow, people with mobility issues have been evacuated from many coastal cities.

The airspace around the Canaries remains open.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez delayed his visit to the UN General Assembly in New York and instead visited the affected area on Monday. Speaking from New York on Wednesday, Sanchez said he felt confident about rebuilding the island.


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