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Lava from volcano on Spain’s La Palma forces 800 to evacuate

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LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands — Hundreds of individuals in Spain’s Canary Islands feared for his or her properties and property Wednesday as a brand new river of lava from an erupting volcano threatened one other neighborhood on the island of La Palma.

Island authorities ordered the evacuation of round 800 folks from the coastal city of Los Llanos de Aridane on Tuesday after the lava took a brand new course on its approach to the Atlantic Ocean and put their properties in a possible path of destruction. It was the primary mass exit since round 6,000 folks had been instructed to go away instantly after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sept. 19.

Volcanologists discovered {that a} new lava movement north of the primary river of molten rock had branched off and was heading towards an inhabited space outdoors the earlier evacuation zone.

“A part of the neighborhood had already been evacuated, but given the evolution of the lava stream, it was deemed necessary to clear this specific zone,” Los Llano de Aridane Mayor María García instructed Spanish state broadcaster TVE.

A handout image, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and made available by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the new lava stream from the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands October 10, 2021.
A handout picture, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission and made out there by the European Space Agency (ESA) exhibits the brand new lava stream from the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands October 10, 2021.
EPA

Residents of the La Laguna neighborhood had only some hours to collect up their most valuable belongings and go away. Volunteers helped faculty workers salvage instructional supplies, whereas others loaded up automobiles and vehicles with furnishings. On Wednesday, police accompanied particular person households who requested to return into the exclusion zone to retrieve extra belongings.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez traveled to the island on Wednesday, his fourth go to because the preliminary eruption.

“Unfortunately, the news we have from the scientific committee is that the volcano’s activity is not decreasing, so a reduction in its activity is not foreseeable in the coming days,” Sánchez stated. “I know it is tough after so many days and nights of suffering, but I ask you to remain patient because we can not do anything until the volcano stops.”

Sánchez’s authorities has pledged 214 million euros ($247 million) to assist rebuild properties, farms and companies within the affected space.

Lava rolls down behind street light posts in Los Llanos as the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tajuya, Spain, October 13, 2021.
Lava rolls down behind road mild posts in Los Llanos because the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tajuya, Spain, October 13, 2021.
Reuters/Sergio Perez

The volcano that cracked open the Cumbre Vieja mountain ridge 24 days in the past has now lasted longer than the earlier eruption on La Palma in 1971. It is the third eruption on the island prior to now century.

Most of those that had to go away their properties have discovered refuge with household or associates. Some 280 individuals are in a lodge. Authorities are working on shopping for empty or newly constructed properties for these whose dwellings have been destroyed.

La Palma is a part of Spain’s Canary Islands, an Atlantic Ocean archipelago off northwest Africa whose financial system relies upon on tourism and the cultivation of the Canary plantain.

Lava has destroyed over 1,400 buildings on the island, together with properties, farms and different buildings, and coated 656 hectares (1,621 acres), together with 90 hectares (over 200 acres) of plantains. No lives have been misplaced.

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