Since the Cumbrian volcano erupted in La Palma in the Atlantic Ocean on September 19, 2,651 structures have been destroyed in the southern part of the island. Today, Lava has covered an area of just over 10 square kilometers and more than 7,000 people have been allowed to leave their homes.
her last few days The lava flow from the volcano took new paths and affected previously unaffected areas. New lava flows have reached the area between the villages of La Laguna and Todoc in the southwestern part of the Spanish island. The influx devoured many buildings as well as parts of banana plantations.
“I feel like I’m in a cartoon,” says Estefania Martin, whose house is about 400 meters from a lava flow into America. NPR.
Estefania Martin, som With his family having to leave their home, he told NPR how it all began:
Ash started raining from the sky and we couldn’t breathe. And every day something new happened – the lava flow changed direction and started moving towards us.
In addition to ash and hot lava, the island was also shaken by frequent earthquakes associated with volcanic eruptions. Over the weekend, there were four earthquakes ranging between 4.0 and 4.6 and 14 earthquakes ranging between 3.0 and 4.0.
This is the first time in 50 years that a volcano has erupted on La Palma and is the most extensive eruption on the island in 343 years.