By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press
EL PASO, Canary Islands (AP) — The volcanic eruption on a Spanish island and its aftermath might final for as much as 84 days, specialists mentioned Wednesday.
The Canary Island Volcanology Institute mentioned it based mostly its calculation on the size of earlier eruptions on the archipelago, which just like the latest eruption have been adopted by heavy lava flows and lasting seismic exercise.
The institute reported that Tuesday night time noticed a powerful enhance within the variety of smaller eruptions that hurl rocks and cinders excessive into the air on the island of La Palma, one of many Canary Islands off northwest Africa.
Authorities say that risks nonetheless lie forward for residents, together with earthquakes, lava flows, poisonous gases, volcanic ash and acid rain.
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Since final Sunday’s eruption, highly effective rivers of unstoppable lava — as much as six meters (practically 20 toes) excessive — have swallowed up 185 buildings, largely properties within the countryside.
The lava now covers 154 hectares, in line with the Volcanology Institute.
The lava flows have been heading downhill towards the island’s extra densely populated coast. Some 1,000 individuals have been evacuated late Tuesday from the neighborhood of Todoque, on the shoreline, bringing the entire variety of evacuated individuals to round 6,000.
The meeting of the lava, whose temperature exceeds 1,000 levels Celsius (greater than 1,800 F), with a physique of water might trigger explosions and produce clouds of poisonous gasoline.
Prompt evacuations have helped keep away from any casualties from the eruption, although harm to properties, infrastructure and farmland is critical, officers say.
Emergency providers on the island tried late Tuesday to divert among the lava through the use of front-loaders to clear a path for the molten rock to comply with, hoping to steer it away from properties. Officials mentioned they didn’t know if it could work.
The volcano has additionally been spewing out between 8,000 and 10,500 tons of sulfur dioxide — which additionally impacts the lungs — day-after-day, the Volcanology Institute mentioned.
Barry Hatton contributed from Lisbon, Portugal.
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