La Palma volcano: Giant blocks of red-hot lava roll down hill as tremors shake ground

Dozens of seismic movements occurred on the Spanish island over the weekend, 37 movements on Saturday and another 21 on Sunday.

Spain’s volcano La Palma erupts violently

On La Palma, molten lava blocks the size of three-story buildings rolled down a slope on Sunday, while the most recent series of quakes shook the ground.

Dozens of seismic movements occurred on the Spanish island over the weekend 37 Movements on Saturday and another 21 recorded on Sunday.

It comes after the Cumbre Vieja volcano started erupting about three weeks ago on September 19th. Since its first eruption, it has destroyed nearly 1,186 buildings and devoured 1,218 acres of land.

According to the Spanish National Geological Institute (ING), the activities of the past few days have shaken the ground in the villages of Mazo, Fuencaliente and El Paso.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began to erupt about three weeks ago
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Buildings near the volcano on the Spanish island were swallowed by the melted rivers on Saturday, with the magma destroying at least four buildings in the village of Callejon de la Gata.

Anselmo Pestana, the Spanish government representative in the Canary Islands, tweeted: “In the early hours of the morning, new currents have led to more property destruction.

“Helplessness and pain in the face of so much damage”

The blocks of glowing magma that flowed down the side of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Sunday were the size of three-story buildings, said the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining.

At temperatures of 1,240 degrees Celsius, the lava flow destroyed the last buildings in the village of Todoque, which are still standing, said the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute on Twitter.

The recent onslaught of seismic activity followed a partial cone collapse near the volcano’s emission opening on Saturday, ING spokesman Stavros Meletlidis told Reuters.

“The collapse of the northern flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano has caused the release of large blocks of material and the emergence of new currents flowing through areas that have already been evacuated,” tweeted the Spanish Ministry of National Security.

“The lava has reached the Camino de la Gata industrial park and new buildings.”

On La Palma there were 21 seismic movements on Sunday, the largest measuring 3.8 inches
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On La Palma, which has around 83,000 inhabitants, around 6,000 people have now been evacuated from their homes.

Lightning was seen near the eruption early Saturday. A study published in 2016 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that lightning can be generated during volcanic eruptions because the collision of ash particles creates an electrical charge.

As of Monday, members of the Spanish Navy came to help clean up volcanic ash that covered large parts of the island, Defense Minister Margarita Robles said during a visit on Sunday.

Der Spiegel told of the hardship of 500 residents who were forced to flee their homeland Three weeks ago.

Officials on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma began evacuating 500 people and animals before huge clouds of smoke rose into the air.

And a lava flow poured into inhabited areas in the south of the island. Authorities ordered the full evacuation of four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.

Video footage then showed the impending devastation when lava was torn from five fissures into the slope.

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