That is why people had to be evacuated again on La Palma today. About 300 this time. New lava flows threaten to engulf their homes. This brings the total number of evacuations to more than 7,000, television channel RTVE reported.
Since the northern flank of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, lava flows towards the sea have increased along and through inhabited areas. The lava that comes out of the volcano is about 1200 degrees hotter than before and therefore thinner and faster. So far 1,548 buildings have been destroyed and an area of 680 hectares is covered with lava and ash. There were no casualties due to the timely evacuations.
Meanwhile, the ground on La Palma is constantly shaking. One of about 100 recorded earthquakes had a magnitude of 4.5, the strongest since the volcano’s eruption in mid-September. After three weeks, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja is not yet in sight.
The airport on the island is still operational, but it is served by only a few airlines. Air traffic to the more famous tourist destinations in the Canary Islands, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, is normal.
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