Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Spain’s La Palma volcano continues to erupt, spewing thick lava

Geologists monitoring the Cambre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma say Tuesday’s eruption has been louder and more explosive than in previous days, with thick lava flowing from the volcano’s main vent.

From its Twitter account, the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute, Involcan called the eruption “explosive with falling pyroclasts”. [fragments of molten rock] And the bomb.”

The institute released a video from Monday night showing a block of molten rock it said had hit a wall more than a kilometer from the vent, as an example of the volcano’s explosive activity.

Meanwhile, the Spanish government on Tuesday approved a second aid package for the island and its residents.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Felix Bolaos announced a package worth about $250 million at a press conference in Madrid. He said it was an estimate, as it is difficult to accurately estimate the damage caused by the volcano at this time.

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He also announced a package of more than $23 million to compensate the island’s fishing and agricultural industries. Bolanos said most of the money would go to repair damage to irrigation infrastructure and rural roads. He said that public land would be exchanged so that agricultural businesses could continue their work away from the areas which have been ravaged by the lava.

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 received from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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