Live camera and drone video show Spanish volcano La Palma spewing lava
More than 5,000 people were forced to evacuate after a volcano in La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, erupted at around 3:15 p.m. local time on Sunday. As the volcano continues to spew lava and ash, live footage from cameras and drones in the area shows the extent of the damage.
The eruption of La Cumbre Vieja over the weekend marks the first of the Canary Islands in 50 years. Although no deaths have been reported, the lava, initially moving at 700 meters per hour, destroyed at least 100 homes.
It was feared that lava could reach the sea Monday evening, triggering toxic gases and reducing visibility at sea. But the flow of molten rock has slowed considerably since then. During a press briefing on Monday, the local emergency coordinator, Miguel Angel Morcuende, explained:
The movement of the lava is much slower than it initially was… There was not much progress during the day.
Meanwhile, the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology is working tirelessly to obtain key scientific data on the eruption, including measuring sulfur dioxide concentrations as well as the chemical composition of the plume, taking thermal images and the establishment of a geochemical station to monitor chemical and isotopic effects. composition of soil gas.
Sunday’s disaster was preceded by weeks of intense seismic activity in the area, which alerted authorities that an eruption was possible.
Over the past few days, more than 4,200 tremors, known as the “earthquake swarm”, have been recorded on the island, as soil deformation indicated magma bubbling beneath the surface.
Watch the live video stream of the Spanish volcano La Palma
Along with the volcano, a controversy also erupted in Spain. As local authorities urge people to stay away from the affected region, Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said in an interview on Monday that the eruption could be a potential tourist attraction.
The island is open. If your hotel is affected, we’ll find another one for you. Take this opportunity to enjoy what nature has given us.
The remarks sparked a backlash, with political opponents lambasting Maroto and pointing out that people were losing their homes in the disaster.
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