La Palma volcano erupting again after a pause.
Nine days after the volcano had begun to melt, Lava from the volcano that destroyed the Spanish island of La Palma reached its destination in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday night.
According to Reuters images, giant clouds of steam rose from the Playa Nueva region as the Lava reached the ocean. Photos shared via social media showed the lava building up close to a cliff.
Officials warned that the Lava flowing into seawater could cause explosions and toxic gas clouds. The Canary Islands emergency service advised those who were outdoors to seek shelter immediately. There have been no injuries.
Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca reaction committee, said Tuesday that the lockdown must be observed when the Lava reaches sea level.
Since Sept. 19, Lava has flowed down Cumbre Vieja’s western flank towards the sea, destroying nearly 600 houses and banana plantations. La Palma is a neighboring archipelago of the Canary Islands off the North African coast.
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Three coastal villages were evacuated Monday to prevent Lava from reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
Spain declared La Palma a disaster area on Tuesday. It will allow the island to receive financial assistance.
According to Isabel Rodriguez, a government spokesperson, the first package was 10.5 million euros ($12.3million). It includes approximately 5 million euros to purchase houses and the remainder to acquire furniture and essential household items.
One resident, who had to be evacuated from Tacande de Arriba last week, was thrilled to see his home intact and his pets unharmed.
Gert Waegerle (75) said it was a great and wonderful feeling to escape the Lava on Friday with his five turtles. But he had to leave behind the cats.
“I’m super happy that everything worked out well in the end.”
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