La Palma, Spain — The first volcanic eruption in 50 years in the Canary Islands has forced about 5,000 people, including about 500 tourists, to evacuate, officials said Monday, evacuating more. He added that he hopes he doesn’t need it.
The volcano erupted on Sunday, releasing hundreds of meters of lava into the air, swallowing homes and forests, and sending lava to the less populated Atlantic Ocean of La Palma, the northwestern island of the Canary Islands.
No deaths have been reported, but the volcano was still active on Monday. Reuters reporters saw a large amount of smoke burning from volcanoes and homes.
“The lava is moving towards the coast and the damage is significant. Experts say the lava is about 17 to 20 million cubic meters,” regional President Angel Victor Toures told Cadenaser.
The lava flow has destroyed about 100 homes so far, Maria Hernandez, chairman of the La Palma council, told Cadena Ser Radio.
Mayor Sergio Rodríguez added to TVE radio stations that in the village of El Paso, about 20 homes were swallowed alongside some of the roads, lava spread to neighboring villages, and hundreds of homes were at risk.
Volcanologist Nemesio Perez said that unless no one acts recklessly, death is unlikely.
La Palma, which had its last major eruption in 1971 and belongs to a series of volcanoes, one of the most active volcanoes, has increased its vigilance after more than 22,000 tremors were reported during the week. I did. Region of the Canary Islands.
A man was killed in 1971 when he took a picture near a lava flow. There are no damaged properties.
The submarine eruption occurred near the island about 10 years ago, with little damage.
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in La Palma on Sunday to discuss eruption management with the island government. “We have all the resources and all the troops, the citizens can rest in peace,” he said. He will visit the disaster area later in the day.
Local paramedics spokespersons are uncertain what path the lava will take to reach the sea, and authorities have moved from several coastal towns, including the popular beach resort Puerto Naos. He said he had evacuated people in trouble.
The operator of Enea Airport said there were no visibility issues and air traffic was open, adding that it was up to the airline to decide whether to change the plan. Local airline Slap said it had canceled four flights.
By Borja Suarez