In Atlantic ocean arrived on Tuesday night lava of volcano Kubre Vieha which entered the phase of explosive activity ten days ago on the island La Palma of the Canary Islands, a phenomenon which worries experts, who explain that it is potentially dangerous.
Videos that saw the light of day depict the incandescent lava to enter the water, as a large amount of steam rises.
Yesterday afternoon, the lava, the speed of which had been changing in recent days and had almost stopped at some point, was still 800 meters from the sea and it was impossible to predict if and when it would reach the ocean.
Mixing lava, molten rock and other materials with a temperature of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius, with sea water, which has a temperature of 20-25 ° Celsius, raises worry because it will probably mean the release of toxic gases and harmful microparticles dangerous to humans.
For this reason, the authorities of the archipelago imposed a “2 nautical mile exclusion zone” around the point where the lava was supposed to reach the water.
Spain – La Palma: Residents ordered to be locked in their homes
On Monday, residents of several neighborhoods in Tathakorte, a village near the coast, were given order to be locked in their homes to protect themselves from possible toxic gas releases due to the lava reaching the sea, the Athens News Agency reports.
The decision was due to the “possibility” that the magma would cause release ‘Gases potentially toxic“, Explained Miguel Μngel Morquente, technical director of the Canberra Volcanic Disaster Management Plan (PEVOLCA). Data on the amount of toxic gases produced and how dangerous the situation is are not currently available.
The lava flowed into the sea hours after the Spanish government released $ 10.5 million to help those affected, especially to provide shelter to those who saw the lava swallowing their homes.
It was proclaimed on the island state of natural disaster as lava flows destroyed a total of 656 buildings – not all were dwellings – and covered some 2,680 acres, according to the European Copernicus Earth Observation System. The lava also destroyed many roads. Canal Governor Βngel Victor Rότεtes estimated last week that the damage would exceed 400m euros and hinted that he was counting on European funds for reconstruction.
The volcanic eruption did not cause any deaths or injuries, but made it necessary to evacuate 6,000 people from their homes.
Experts expect that the phase of explosive activity can last several more weeks, even months.