“In this case, we cannot talk about a tsunami, but about lava flows with a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees, which becomes very fast due to the steep terrain,” he said on state television station RTVE. Volcanologist Juan Carlos Carracedo even suspected that the eruption at La Palma, which lasted for nearly four weeks, was settled by magma that had now run out of the volcano undisturbed until the pressure subsided. But when this is the case it cannot be said. Several light earthquakes with a force of up to 4.5 shook the island with about 85,000 inhabitants.
Since the beginning of the volcanic eruption in Cumbre Vieja in southern La Palma, more than 7,000 people have been forced to leave their homes below the volcano and reach safety. Evaluation of data from the European Earth Observing System Copernicus showed that so far 1,548 buildings have been destroyed by lava and that 700 hectares have been covered by lava and ash. This corresponds to about 980 football fields. No one has been seriously injured yet. Sometimes the ash was so high that only the tips of the chimneys protruded from the houses.
According to the operator Aina, the island’s airport was still operating. Flights to and from neighboring islands are advertised online. Air traffic on the other large Canary Islands – Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote – was running normally.
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