La Palma volcano continues to spit red-hot lava, hundreds evacuated

La Palma (Spain): Three weeks after the volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma, the volcano is still flushing out red-hot lava and has advanced to several areas, prompting authorities to order more than 700 residents to abandon their homes. As the river of molten magma fell from the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the northeastern Canary Island on Tuesday, authorities ordered between 700 and 800 residents of La Laguna to leave the home with their belongings and pets, according to the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan ( Pevolca).Read also – Video: Kilauea volcano erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island, Lava Fountains Form in Park

There were 64 seismic movements on Tuesday, the strongest measurement at 4.1, the Spanish National Geological Institute said. Read also – Viral video shows the exact moment when a drone crashed into an erupting volcano in Iceland | Watch

Earlier Tuesday, officials lifted a lockdown ordered due to a cloud of smoke over two villages caused by the eruption, allowing more than 3,000 residents to go outside. Read also – volcanic eruption on Caribbean St. Vincent asks for evacuation of thousands | Watch video

Lava that erupted from the volcano engulfed a cement factory on Monday, raised clouds of smoke and prompted authorities to instruct people in the area to stay home.

The volcanic eruption, which originally erupted on September 19, has claimed the lives of thousands and everything on the lava path – homes, farms, swimming pools and industrial buildings in the largely agricultural area – has been destroyed.

Lava from the eruption has added waste to almost 600 hectares in total, authorities say.

Molten stone torrents have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said, forcing the evacuation of about 6,700 people.

“We can not say that we expect the eruption, which began 21 days ago, to end soon,” said Julio PĂ©rez, regional minister for security in the Canary Islands.

La Palma is part of Spain’s Canary Islands, a group of Atlantic islands off northwestern Africa whose economy depends on the cultivation of the Canary Islands and tourism. The Canary Islands tourism industry was already hit hard by the pandemic, and officials urged tourists not to stay away.

The last eruption at La Palma 50 years ago lasted just over three weeks. The last eruption in all of the Canary Islands took place underwater off the coast of the island of El Hierro in 2011 and lasted for five months.

(With input from the Associated Press)

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