Saturday, October 16, 2021

Volcanic ash cloud closes La Palma airport, new vent emerges

MADRID — The airport on Spain’s La Palma island was closed Saturday after a cloud of ash erupted from a volcano that had been erupting for a week, and scientists said another volcanic vent opened, posing potential new threats to islanders. had to face.

The intensity of the eruption that began on September 19 has increased in recent days, prompting the evacuation of three additional villages on the island, which is part of Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off northwest Africa. About 7,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

The recent volcanic eruption is the first since 1971 in La Palma, which has a population of 85,000.

La Palma airport operator Aina said the airport was “dormant” because of the accumulation of ash. Aina said other airports in the Canary Islands were still operating on Saturday but some airlines were suspending flights.

Emergency workers pulled back from the volcano on Friday as the eruptions sent molten rock and ash over a wide area. The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said another vent opened early Saturday.

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Rivers of lava are rolling down the mountain to the southwest coast of the island, destroying everything in their path, including hundreds of homes. However, the flow has slowed significantly, and the lava is now barely moving, with about 2 kilometers left to reach the sea, said Miguel ngel Morcuende, head of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan.

“I don’t dare to tell you when it will get there, nor do I dare to predict,” Morcuende told reporters at a news conference.

Another immediate concern for residents of La Palma is the huge ash cloud rising from the volcano and being carried by the wind to other parts of the island. In addition to being a significant threat to aviation, he said volcanic ash can damage people’s airways, lungs and eyes. The local government has urged residents of the affected areas to avoid going out and do so only by wearing masks and goggles.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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