More than 24 hours after the first recorded eruption on a Spanish island PalmIn the archipelago of the Canary Islands, the immediate danger to the locals seems to have ended. However, new hazards accumulate as volcanic rivers advance into the ocean, where it could create new hazardous events.
According to the Canary Islands Volcano Company, the volcano moves at a speed of 700 meters per hour towards the Atlantic waters, so experts predict that it will reach the coast at dusk. At that time, the contact between the volcano and the water would cause new eruptions and clouds of acid vapor, the AB agency article said.
Spanish newspaper “La Vanguardia” It was initially reported that the volcano had erupted 11 million cubic meters, but it is still unclear whether that will happen, as Angel Vector Torres, the head of the Canary Islands government, raised the figure. 17 to 20 million cubic meters.
The media explains that this phenomenon is called “lace” due to the fusion between the words “lava” and “haze” (fog in English). The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the gases it produces, along with hydrochloric acid and particles of volcanic glass, can cause lung damage and irritate the eyes and skin of people who come in contact with it.
However, the main damage will be to the flora and fauna of the area, the same article says. La Palma’s population is mainly dedicated to agriculture, so the impact of the event on the economy will be huge.
With this in mind, Spanish authorities have recommended that people keep windows and doors closed inside their homes. In addition, the transport, movement and urban agenda stressed that ships in the area should not approach volcanic eruptions, “La Vanguardia”.
Experts point out that eruptions in La Palma can last between weeks and months. It was last recorded on Monday night when the volcano began to erupt from a new eruption.
La Palma volcano last erupted in 1951. At the time the event lasted more than three weeks. On the other hand, the last eruption of the Canary Islands in 2011 was recorded, it was underwater and it happened off the coast of El Hierro Island. At that point the eruptions stopped five months later.
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