The lava flowed through a newly opened crater in the Cumberland Viza volcano in La Palma, Spain, on Friday, diverting from the previous flow and causing further destruction, while fine ash forced the islanders to wear masks and goggles. Forced on
A river of red hot lava slipped down anew, erupting late Thursday, 400 meters (1,300 feet) north of the main eruption site.
More than one vent has opened since. volcano The eruption began on September 19, but the Canary Volcano Institute called the latest opening a new “eruption center.”
“There is concern about this new flow route to the sea, although it is expected to merge with the previous one in the next few hours,” he said. La PalmaCouncil of Mariano Hernandez Zapata.
Overnight, he said, more homes were engulfed in lava.
“We have more drama, more people to take care of,” he told a news conference.
About 6,000 people have been evacuated since the outbreak and have yet to return home. More than 800 buildings, including homes, churches and schools, were destroyed.
Regional leader Angel Victor Torres said the volcano erupted 80 million cubic meters of molten rock, halving the amount spent during the last major eruption in La Palma 50 years ago.
In one of the worst-affected towns, residents of Las Lilanos de Arden have tried to cover the streets with volcanic dust and float in the air as a precaution against carrying umbrellas and eye protection.
“Last night the ashes were bothering my eyes a lot, I had to use eye drops and my skin had to be stung,” said Matilda Gonzalez Tavares, a 45-year-old nursing assistant who She went to see her mother.
“It’s helplessness, fear, insecurity. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.
Juan Antonio Perez Gonzalez, 56, who runs a florist in the town, fears the worst is yet to come.
“I can’t put a good face on it or give you good news because it’s a disaster,” he told Reuters. “Many townspeople are preparing to pack up and leave,” he said.