Lava flows faster and more violently than the volcano on the Canary island of La Palma. Even Involcan, the Volcanic Institute of the Canary Islands, spoke about “lavatsunami” in a tweet.
However, geologist Jose Mangas, a professor at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, emphasized that the images are somewhat skewed. “In this case, we can’t talk about a tsunami, but more than 1,200 degrees of hot lava flows that move very quickly due to the very steep terrain.”
According to volcanologist Juan Carlos Carracedo, the outbreak has stabilized because magma can flow out of the volcano unimpeded. Now we have to wait for the pressure to drop. Several small earthquakes measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the island, which has a population of about 85,000.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano (in southern La Palma) erupted on September 19, for the first time in 50 years. More than 7,000 people have already been forced to leave their homes. According to the European Copernican Earth Observation System, lava has destroyed 1,548 buildings so far. There is also an area of 700 hectares covered with lava and ash, equivalent to about 980 football fields. Nobody was seriously injured.
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