Lava on La Palma is Approaching the Sea, Four Areas in lockdown

Lava on La Palma is Approaching the Sea, Four Areas in lockdown. Lava flows on the Canary Island of La Palma may reach the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.


Emergency services warn of possible explosions and gas clouds if the hot lava comes into contact with the water. Four areas on the east coast are in lockdown. Residents of those coastal areas should stay at home with doors and windows closed.

The island has a total of 83,000 inhabitants. No deaths or serious injuries have been reported since the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted more than a week ago.

Spanish media report that the lava started moving again after several days of a standstill when new openings appeared in the volcano on Friday. The lava flows had a speed of 100 to 200 meters per hour on Sunday evening.

The volcano erupted on September 19. The authorities evacuated thousands of people, including Dutch people who were on holiday in La Palma. Hundreds of buildings and roads have been destroyed by the lava flows. Air traffic came to a standstill several times.

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