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La Palma volcano spews lava again after brief pause | World News

The volcano on Spain’s La Palma has begun spewing lava and smoke again, researchers stated on Monday after exercise had earlier slowed to a close to halt, whereas some coastal villages locked down in anticipation of the lava reaching the ocean.

The Canary Islands’ Involcan volcanology institute confirmed the renewed eruption by way of Twitter whereas Reuters witnesses noticed a column of white smoke rising from the cone after a number of hours of calm.

Involcan and the National Geographic Institute had stated earlier on Monday the explosions and tremors across the Cumbre Vieja volcano had slowed down however the calm was short-lived and the eruption resumed shortly earlier than 11 a.m native time (1000 GMT).

Authorities locked down the coastal areas of San Borondon, Marina Alta and Baja and La Condesa the place the superheated lava stream is predicted to hit the Atlantic Ocean, possible triggering clouds of poisonous gasoline and explosions.

“People must follow the authorities guidance and remain in their home with doors and windows closed,” the Canary Islands emergency companies stated on their Twitter account.

Local airline Binter stated it will resume flights to and from the islands on Monday afternoon if circumstances remained beneficial. The airport reopened on Sunday after a brief closure resulting from volcanic ash however all flights have been cancelled.

After a brand new vent opened on Sunday, Reuters drone footage confirmed a river of purple sizzling lava flowing down the slopes of the crater, passing over properties, and swathes of land and buildings engulfed by a black mass of slower-moving, older lava.

Since the volcano began erupting on Sept. 19, the stream of black lava has engulfed greater than 230 hectares, the European Union satellite tv for pc monitoring service Copernicus stated, swallowing lots of of homes in addition to roads, faculties, church buildings and banana plantations and forcing hundreds to evacuate.

No fatalities or severe accidents have been reported, however about 15% of the island’s banana crop could possibly be in danger, jeopardising hundreds of jobs.

La Palma, with a inhabitants of over 83,000, is certainly one of an archipelago making up the Canary Islands. 

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