Volcanic eruption on Spanish island hits one-month mark

A volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma, which has destroyed giant swathes of land and buildings, has marked its first month for ever and ever.

The volcano on one of many Canary Islands off northwest Africa erupted on 19 September, spewing out rivers of lava which have slowly crept in direction of the ocean, overlaying giant areas with ash.

So far no-one has been killed by the continual lava flows, however the molten rock has coated 763 hectares and destroyed 1,956 buildings, together with a whole bunch of houses, in response to the newest Spanish authorities figures.

After a month of continuous eruptions, accompanied by minor earthquakes, geologists say they don’t know how for much longer it’ll final.

The volcano was placing out some 10,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide emissions per day, and to begin being thought-about "extinct" it ought to emit 400 tonnes or much less per day, David Calvo, an knowledgeable with the Involcan volcanology institute, advised reporters.

The head of the regional authorities of the archipelago, Angel Victor Torres, stated "nobody can say that this is nearing the end."

About 7,000 folks have been evacuated from their houses on the island, which has a inhabitants of round 85,000 folks.

Mr Calvo stated a brand new lava stream was about 30 metres from the island's western coast, when its interplay with the seawater will ship clouds of acidic, poisonous gasoline into the air which may be harmful to inhale because it already did final month.

The slow-moving lava, which has a temperature of 1,100 levels Celsius, was anticipated to begin falling into the water later on Tuesday and would doubtless lead officers to order space residents to remain indoors, he added.

This is the Atlantic island's third volcanic eruption in a century, the final one happening in 1971.

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