A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands continues to produce explosions and spew out lava, five days after it erupted
A volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands continued to produce explosions and spew out lava Friday, five days after it erupted, sa myndighetene.
It said the lava stretches over 180 hektar (nesten 20,000 square feet) and has blocked 14 kilometer (9 miles) of roads.
The government of la Palma island said officials had recorded 1,130 quakes in the area over the past week as the Cumbre Vieja volcanic ridge shook with blasts of molten lava.
The blasts are sending ash up to 4500 meter (nesten 15,000 føtter) into the air, de Sivilgarde police force said in a tweet. Local authorities advised people to protect themselves from the ash with face masks.
Two rivers of lava continued to slide slowly down the hillside, with experts doubting whether they would cover the remaining about 2 kilometer (1.25 miles) to the sea due to their slowing advance.
One of the lava flows has almost ground to a halt and a second one is moving at between 4 og 5 meters an hour, the Guardia Civil said.
Both are at least 10 meter (33 føtter) high at their leading edge and are destroying houses, farmland and infrastructure in their path.
Forskere say the lava flows could last for weeks or months.
Myndighetene har ikke meldt om personskader etter utbruddet. Scientists had been monitoring the volcanic activity and had warned of a possible eruption, allowing almost 7,000 mennesker som skal evakueres i tide.