Notícias sobre o vulcão La Palma: Milhares evacuados em meio a temores de gases tóxicos

Notícias sobre o vulcão La Palma: Milhares evacuados em meio a temores de gases tóxicos
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The La Palma Volcano eruption is captured from an Observatory on Sunday

Pelo menos 10,000 people may have to be evacuated after a vulcão erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma no domingo, as authorities warned lava flowing into the sea could release toxic gas.

Sobre 160 homes have been destroyed since the eruption with some 6,000 people ordered to leave their homes in villages close to the volcano.

Lava streaming from the volcano is now close to reaching the sea, sparking concerns the flow could mix with saltwater to produce “explosions and the emission of toxic gases”, according to the crisis team at the Canary Islands Volcano Emergency Plan (Pevolca).

Experts have warned that a large explosion of water steam could be triggered once the lava tongue, which has a temperature of more than 1,000C, makes contact with the sea.

The steam plume resulting from the explosion could cause hydrochloric acid and small volcanic glass particles to fall, though it is unclear when this will happen.

Enquanto isso, algum 360 tourists were evacuated following the eruption and taken to the nearby island of Tenerife by boat on Monday, a spokesperson for ferry operator Fred Olsen said.

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Assistir: Lava pours down the street towards firefighters

Harrowing footage shared by the Gran Canaria fire department shows lava pouring down the street towards firefighters following the eruption at 3pm on Sunday.

No casualties have been reported, but local mayor Sergio Rodriguez said that the lava “left absolutely nothing in its path” and suggested residents will not be returning home for a while.

Lava from La Palma volcano pours down street towards firefighters
Daniel Keane21 setembro 2021 10:59
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Spanish PM visits La Palma and praises scientists at the scene

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez has visited the area affected by the eruption and praised scientists monitoring the volcano on La Palma.

Mr Sanchez cancelled a planned trip to New York to attend the UN General Assembly to visit emergency workers and residents on the island.

He said the work of scientists was “fundamental” in preventing casualties, and promised that his government would help the island to rebuild.

“Enough troops are available to face any type of contingency. Everything is going according to plan, and therefore the priority is to guarantee the safety of the citizens of La Palma who could be affected as a consequence of this eruption," ele disse.

The Red Cross are “providing care and providing food for those affected who have had to leave their homes,” Mr Sanchez added.

Daniel Keane21 setembro 2021 10:50
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Tsunami sparked by eruption is ‘probable’ but not ‘imminent’

A tsunami caused by a partial collapse of the volcano following the eruption is “probable” though the chances of it happening at this point are “very small”, an expert has warned.

Professor Bill McGuire, who led a research team in the 1990s studying the Cumbre Vieja volcano, contado Os tempos that a 500 cubic kilometre block of rock could fall from the west flank of the volcano and spark a tsunamicausing devastation to the east coast of North America.

Prof McGuire said he was “confident that a major tsunami-generating collapse” is “perfectly possible, even probable”.

Contudo, he added that the “chances that collapse will occur during the current eruption are very small”.

Mike Burton, volcanology professor at the University of Manchester, disse: “It’s very much for the local authority to make their own risk assessments, but I would say that there is an extremely low probability that a major tsunami would come because of this eruption.”

<p>A screen grab from drone footage shows lava flowing following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park </p>

A screen grab from drone footage shows lava flowing following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park

Daniel Keane21 setembro 2021 10:31
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Wall of lava ‘consuming houses and infrastructure’

Mariano Hernandez, president of La Palma island, has urged people to stay away from the area close to the volcano and described the scene as “bleak”.

Mr Hernandez told reporters that a wall of lava six metres (20ft) high was “consuming houses, infrastructure [e] crops in its path to the coast”.

It contradicted comments made by Spain’s tourism minister, who faced criticism for telling a local radio station that the eruption as “a wonderful show”.

Insisting the island was “open”, Reyes Maroto told Canal Sur radio: “There are no restrictions on going to the island.

“On the contrary, we’re passing on the information so tourists know they can travel to the island and enjoy something unusual, see it for themselves.”

Daniel Keane21 setembro 2021 10:18
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More evacuations as lava gushes from volcano

Lava gushing from the Canary Islands’ first volcanic eruption on land in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso municipality on the island of La Palma.

People from the neighbourhood of Tacande Alto were evacuated late Monday and early Tuesday after a new stream of lava started flowing from another crack on the slope of the Cumbre Viejo volcano.

“The lava on its path to the sea has been a bit capricious and has diverted from its course,” El Paso’s mayor Sergio Rodriguez told state broadcaster TVE.

The volcano has shot lava hundreds of metres into the air, engulfed forests and sent molten rock towards the ocean over a sparsely populated area of La Palma.

Em volta 6,000 do 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption so far, though there have been no reports of fatalities.

Daniel Keane21 setembro 2021 10:04

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