Canal volcanic lava is a toxic gas concern when it reaches the ocean

The authorities of this Spanish archipelago have already declared a restricted zone two nautical miles around the place where the lava is to flow into the Atlantic and asked people living nearby not to leave their homes.

“The lava flow has reached the sea near Playa Nueva,” the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology, Involcan, reported on Twitter late Tuesday.

Kumbre Vyacha volcano 85 thousand. erupted on the island of La Palma on the 19th of September. For several days, officers watched anxiously as the volcanic lava approached the Atlantic Ocean, but the eruption was quite changeable. The volcano subsided a bit on Monday, but new explosions were heard at night.

When molten rocks reach ocean water, steam explosions can occur and clouds of toxic gases disperse.

Residents of the districts of several Tasakortė villages near the coast were ordered not to leave their homes on Monday because of the danger of toxic gas.

“Inhalation of or contact with acid vapors or liquids can irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract, and can make breathing difficult, especially for people with respiratory illnesses,” Involcan warned.

On Tuesday afternoon, the flow of lava, which has slowed it down in recent days, accelerated it, was 800 m from the water.

A natural disaster situation has been declared on the island. To date, lava flows on the island have destroyed 589 buildings and 21 km of roads. The newly spilled lava fields covered an area of ​​258 hectares, mostly agricultural fields, the European Union’s Earth observation program Copernicus reported.

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Earlier on Tuesday, the government allocated $ 10.5 million. aid to the victims of the eruption. Most of this assistance will go to housing for the homeless.

More than 6,000 residents and tourists were evacuated at the start of the eruption, but there were no casualties.

In La Palma, part of the volcanic Canary Islands, which is about 35 km long and 20 km wide at its widest point, the main sources of livelihood are banana growing and tourism.


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