CANARY ISLANDS’ VOLCANO
THE NEW FLOW: THE RIVER OF LAVA WORRIES
Living near a volcano can be dangerous, even absurd for some people, or simply “natural” for others. In the east part of Sicily, exactly in Catania, the volcano Etna is considered a familiar presence, and people are used to see ashes and smoke scattered in the air, covering the small nearby villages and the town itself.
Mt. Etna doesn’t create many problems and the population is quite calm; on the contrary, in the Canary Islands, the Cumbre Vieja (in La Palma) is spreading panic among the people and it doesn’t stop erupting. In fact, a new lava flow is worrying, as it’s destroying more and more buildings.
This new TONGUE OF FIRE has reached the industrial area of Todoque, already partially destroyed some weeks ago. It’s advancing slowly to an area further north than the surface involved by the main flows, but in any case inside the area already evacuated since the beginning of the eruption, and the population can’t have access here. This eruption has rekindled a new seismic swarm and nearly 35,000 earthquakes on La Palma Island have been detected since last 10th September.
The geological and mining Institute of Spain released the recording of a drone in the area where the lava flow reached La Palma’s sea. The video shows the TONGUE OF LAND made when the magma reached the water. But the magma’s effects are altering the island’s map. The images were recorded last month, when the island had already grown of about 450 meters from the coast and about 600/800 meters sideways.
The Canary Islands’ President, Ángel Víctor Torres Pérez, reported that the government has already bought 18 houses for the people hit by the volcano and the number is expected to increase.
And you, what do you think about this terrible event? Would you like to live near a volcano or would you be afraid?