Erupting La Palma volcano could be BOMBED to halt destructive lava flow still raging

Giant blocks of glowing lava the size of three story buildings rolled down hills as the Canary Islands shook and La Palma prepares for more quakes as the volcano continues to roar

Spain’s volcano La Palma erupts violently

Bombing the still angry volcano La Palma could be the only way to reduce the damage it causes, claims a council chairman.

Molten blocks of lava the size of three-story buildings rolled down a slope in the Canary Islands last month.

Dozens of seismic movements have occurred on the Spanish island – and the problems have still not resolved.

Residents are prepared for the possibility of major earthquakes that could add to the damage five weeks since the outbreak.

Now Casimiro Curbelo, the council chairman responsible for the neighboring island of La Gomera, suggested that military planes fly over the rivers of glowing lava and drop the bombs to keep the molten rock away from inhabited areas.

Residents of La Palma are prepared for the possibility of major earthquakes



He admitted that his idea might be “crazy” during a radio debate.

But he insisted that during the debate on Gran Canaria-based radio station Radio Faycan, he thought it was “worth a try from a technological point of view”.

Mr. Curbelo said, “There is one main volcanic cone and then others emerge and the great damage it does is that the lava flows do not follow the same direction but rather go according to the slope to where they come out.

“Isn’t there a way to open a new mouth in the direction you want the lava to go? I think there is. Heavy machines won’t get the job done.

“Let’s put ourselves in one of the world wars. Isn’t there an airplane that can fly and drop things? Boom! And that lets me steer the lava in one direction.

A council chairman says bombing the volcano could help reduce the destruction


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“Technology is very trustworthy today. This must be done from a reasonable amount.

“Maybe what I’m saying is crazy, but I think from a technological point of view we have to try.

“We see the tremendous damage the volcano does, how it buries everything and destroys property and acres of land.”

There was no immediate reaction of the volcanologists on La Palma to the bomb proposal of the politician.

Some local media, highlighting his comments, unearthed his expulsion from Spain’s ruling left-wing PSOE party in 2015 after an incident at a nightspot known as a brothel where he was eventually arrested.

The islanders’ fear grows almost five weeks later


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Curbelo, who denied any wrongdoing after the incident became known, now leads the Gomera Socialist Group.

His comments arose today / yesterday (MI) when locals and expats on La Palma had a sleepless night thanks to more than 70 quakes and an earthquake of 4.8 on the Richter scale.

The volcano that erupted on September 19th on La Palma spat a powerful new river of molten rock early Monday.

It has been described by the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute as a “giant lava fountain”.

Around 7,500 of the 85,500 inhabitants of La Palma had to flee in the past five weeks.

There were no human lives due to the rapid evacuations, but the lava partially or completely destroyed more than 2,000 buildings and covered around 2,200 hectares of land including arable land.

Footage emerged late last week showing a house on the island, allegedly owned by a British couple, disappearing under glowing lava.

The 29 minutes that passed after the steaming molten rock reached the garden and the property fell to the ground were played out in excruciating detail in the video.

Last month, a British mother shared her plight after fleeing home with her young son after the volcano erupted.

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Nikki Batley, 46 and originally from Essex, fled their home in Todoque town with their 11-year-old son John on the day of the volcanic eruption.

At the time she revealed her ordeal four days later, she was living in a friend’s apartment with husband Pedro Castro Ramos.

She said on a GoFundMe page set up after she had to leave home, which is now close to its fundraising goal of £ 5,000, “I set up this GoFundMe page because the next few months will be tough for me and my family financially.

“The lava seems to have slowed down, which says something, as it was already moving painfully slowly towards our home. This means that our home is still standing for the time being, but is right in the way of where the lava will essentially go.

“Physically we are all fine, but emotionally we are all battered. It’s very hard to just sit and wait to see how your life will change. “

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