La Palma: Canary Islands volcano continues to erupt
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The eruption, which occurred on Sunday at 3:15pm local time, caused lava to shoot into the air and stream into rivers towards nearby villages.
The Canaries Volcanology Institute has warned that lava flowing into the sea could produce a toxic gas cloud as the molton rock cools quickly.
The lava has continued to flow in two streams throughout Monday through a mostly unpopulated area of the island.
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Mayor describes extent of lava destruction on La Palma
Local mayor Sergio Rodriguez told Spanish broadcaster TVE: “The lava left absolutely nothing in its path.”
La Palma eruption seen from space
The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Twitter account has “bright glow” of the eruption was seen in space.
Tourist describes ‘horrible’ eruption and is happy to be home
Eva, an Austrian tourist said: “We felt the earthquake, it started in the morning… Then at 3 in the afternoon the lady from our house came and said you have to pack everything and leave quickly.”
The 53-year-old added: “We’re happy to go home now.”
President of the European Commission expresses her support for the Canary Islands
The president of the European Commission, Úrsula von der Leyen, has expressed her support for the people of the Canary Islands.
She said on Twitter: “We are with all the people in the Canary Islands facing the eruption of the volcano in La Palma.”
She also added that the European Union has activated Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth Observation Program, to monitor the situation on the island.
“We are in contact with the Spanish authorities to provide additional support if necessary,” she said.
Tourism minister seeks to clarify statements
Tourism minister Reyes Maroto is seeking to clarify remarks made earlier today which appeared to be encouraging people to visit La Palma.
She has now said: “Today we stand with the victims and those affected and we’re thinking about how best to get back to that normality that nature’s changed.
“In the future – in the coming weeks and months, when this catastrophe has passed – we’ll think about how we can once again make the beautiful island of La Palma into a tourist area.”
7 roads and school ordered to close
Authorities have ordered the closure of 7 roads, some buried by lava, and the Los Campitos school in El Paso.
Maritime naviagation has also been restricted in preparation of the lava reaching the sea.
Lava flow expected to reach the sea at around 8pm
Lava flowing from the volcano is set to reach the sea at around 8 p.m. local time, regional leader Angel Victor Torres has told a news conference after a meeting with regional leaders, volcano experts and civil defence authorities.
He said “It is still active and will continue to be active for the next few days.”
Tourism ministers comments continue to spark criticism
The tourism minsters comments are continuing to spark criticism.
Member of Congress Isabel Borrego Cortés tweeted in response to Maroto’s remarks: “It is incredible. On Thursday in Congress she said that she was considered the world leader in tourism”.
Tourism minister’s comments spark criticism
The Spanish tourism minister, Reyes Maroto’s comments about the canaries being open for tourism and the volcano being a ‘wonderful show’ have been heavily criticised.
Teodoro Garcia Egea, secretary general of the opposition People’s Party said on Twitter: “Can someone confirm the minister said that while hundreds of people are losing everything they have?”
Tourism minister says island ‘still open to tourists’.
Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told Canal Sur radio the eruption should be seen as an opportunity to entice visitors to the island.
She said: “The island is open, if your hotel is affected we will find you another one
“Make the most of this opportunity to enjoy what nature has brought us.”
Volcano likely to cause ‘considerable material damage’
The 15 meter high lava flow is expected to cause ‘considerable material damage’, Canary Islands government chief Angel Victor Torres told SER radio.
He added “We hope there won’t be any personal injuries.”
Canaries airspace still open despite volcano
Spain’s civil air authority Enaire has said that the airspace above the Canary Islands is still open.
They said there are currently no restrictions on travelling to La Gomera or La Palma.
“There is no problem of visibility”, an Enaire source said, adding it was up to airlines to decide if they wanted to change their plans.
So far only 4 flights have been cancelled by local airline Binter, who have rescheduled the flights for later on today.
Spain’s military emergencies unit has deployed 30 vehicles
The Unidad Militar de Emergencias (the branch of the Spanish Armed Forces responsible for dealing with natural disasters) has deployed 67 people and 30 vehicles to La Palma.
This number will increase throghout the day until there are 180 personnel and 57 vehicles.
Volcano unlikely to cause fatalities as long as no one behaves ‘recklessly’
Volcanologist Nemesio Perez has said there were unlikely to be fatalities as long as no-one behaves recklessly.
However, the lava has destroyed around 100 homes so far and more damage is expected to follow.
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Lava moving towards coast at 700 metres per hour
Experts say the lava is moving towards the coast at 700 metres per hour and has a temperature of 1075 degrees Celsius.The mass of volcanic rock is expected to release toxic gases when it reaches the ocean.
More footage from the eruption
Footage posted by Firefighter Victor Manuel Fernandez of lava reaching other homes in affected parts of La Palma.
He said: “The force of nature is unstoppable.”
Experts insisted last week that the chances of an eruption that would put people in danger were slim
Experts inisited last week when the yellow alert was issued that the chances of an eruption that would put the local population in danger were slim.Nemesio Perez, Director of the Volcanology Institute of the Canaries (INVOLCAN) said last Monday as he assured locals and holidaymakers in the area they could go about their everyday lives: “In 80 per cent of cases, these processes remain underground and do not result in a volcanic eruption.”“We’re moving from a situation of normality to one of alert.“We’re recognising a change in seismic activity and recommending to the population that they pay attention to information issued by the authorities.”
Footage of house engulfed by lava
An anguished local who filmed the destruction it was causing said as it crossed a hillside road above dozens of houses: “The lava’s heading in the direction of those homes and is going to eat them up.
“All the properties in the area below this road the lava is crossing at the moment are going to disappear.”
Hotels are offering services as refuge for locals
Regional hotel association Ashotel said it was putting itself “at the disposal” of island authorities.
An Ashotel spokesman said: “Association chiefs will meet today with the island council.
“We are channeling official information to associates and sending a message of encouragement to the entire island.
“Ashotel has made itself available to the authorities of La Palma and the Canary Islands to collaborate as best it can in light of the emergency generated by the eruption of the volcano in the neighbourhood of Las Manchas in the municipality of El Paso at 3.10pm local time yesterday afternoon.
“The vice-president of Ashotel in La Palma, Carlos García Sicilia, has been in direct and regular contact with the island council’s Councillor for Tourism Raúl Camacho, for the past few days and more intensely since the beginning of the volcanic explosion.
“Likewise, he is maintaining regular contact with different representatives of tour operators that work on the island to coordinate the official information and pass it on to its associates.
“To collect all the data, a meeting is scheduled to take place in the island corporation today to collaborate in the organization of necessary resources and transfer the official information in a timely and accurate manner.
“Ashotel wants to convey a message of encouragement to the entire island society and contribute to keeping calm, always attentive to the indications of the official protocols in a situation like this.”
Local airline cancels flights following eruption
Canary Islands airline Binter has cancelled 4 flights as a result of last nights eruption.
Spanish Prime Minister says citizens can ‘rest easy’
Pedro Sanchez the Spanish Prime Minister who arrived in La Palma last night for talks with the island’s government on managing the eruption said, “We have all the resources and all the troops, citizens can rest easy.”
La Palma at risk of large landslide
Experts have warned that La Palma is at risk of undergoing to a large landslide which could cause a tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean.
Volcano erupted in uninhabited area of mountain
It is reported that the volcano erupted in an inuhabited area of the mountain and caused a number of forest fires.
Eruption could last 2 months
Locals and visitors are being warned that the eruption could last up to 2 months.
Eruption caught island officials by surprise
The eruption caught island officials by surprise as it came after a drop in the level of seismic activity following an earlier decision to raise the alert yellow to level with experts insisting it did not imply an increased risk to the local population.
1000 earthquakes registered on island in 5 days before the eruption
It is reported that the eruption occurred after 1000 earthquakes were recorded on the island in the five days before the eruption.
20 homes have been affected so far
Officials say around 20 homes have been affected so far, with more destruction expected to follow. Scientists admitted overnight the lava was heading for the coast, specifically Puerto Naus and La Bombilla where another 200 people have been evacuated from their homes.
It was not immediately clear if any British holidaymakers were among those offered emergency accommodation in the former barracks.
500 tourists evacuated
Around 500 tourists have been evacuated from their hotels.
Holidaymakers affected by the eruption have been taken to an old barracks in the capital Santa Cruz de la Palma.
Officials said the evacuations had been carried out as a “precaution” because the lava could affect the main road linking the town of Los Llanos de Aridane to Puerto Naus.
Lava’s temperature is 1075 degrees Celsius.
It has been revealed that the lava’s temperature is a staggering 1075 degress Celsius.
Canary Islands Volcanology Institute take thermal images of the eruption
INVOLCAN the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute have taken thermal images of the eruption.
Footage of house reached by volcano
Here is footage of a house which has been reached by the volcano.
Mantle of lava running from the volcano
Footage of lava running from the volcano down towards the nearby villages.
Spanish Prime Minister to visit those affected by the eruption
The Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, will today visit the affected area alongside the President of the Canary Islands.
Live footage from the eruption
Watch live footage of the eruption here.
Some more pictures from the eruption
Here are some more pictures from the eruption, which is still continuing to spread.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from nearby villages. The eruption was the first in 50 years.
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