Final month, the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma erupted for the primary time in 50 years, sending ash and lava billowing into the sky in often-spectacular style.
Greater than three weeks later, the volcano remains to be going sturdy: a brand new river of lava started after a part of the volcano’s cone collapsed over the weekend, and one other eruption was reported by native volcanologists on Monday. The still-growing lava flows have claimed some 1,400 acres of farmland and practically 1,200 buildings so far — together with, officers say, an area cement manufacturing facility.
Authorities from the Canary Islands stated lava reached the cement plant on Monday and sparked a hearth. Considerations over the ensuing thick plume of poisonous smoke prompted the federal government to order lockdowns in a pair of close by cities — a call reportedly affecting 2,500 to three,000 residents.
Officers warned close by householders to remain indoors, shut their home windows and switch off any air conditioners with a view to preserve the fumes at bay whereas the lava consumes the manufacturing facility.
About 6,000 individuals have been evacuated from La Palma because of the eruption; greater than 80,000 reside on the island. Nobody has been killed or injured.