A volcano on the island of La Palma has started ejecting lava again after a lull following an eruption earlier this month that saw lava pouring out of the mountain range.
Eyewitnesses told Reuters on Monday that lava splintered from the Cambre Vieja volcano in the evening and after a period of several hours fell down the dark hillside without erupting.
Hundreds of people in coastal villages on the Spanish island, which is neighboring Tenerife, have already crouched down in anticipation of lava that had been emitted in the past to reach the sea and release the toxic gas.
“Activating and deactivating is logical, natural in the evolution of Strombolian volcanoes,” Miguel ngel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca response committee, said Monday, referring to the type of violent eruption that emits incandescent dust.
His colleague, María Jose Blanco, said that lower levels of gas and a reduced supply of material within the crater could cause a drop in activity.
According to the European Union’s Copernicus disaster monitoring programme, black lava has been slowly flowing from the west side of the volcano to the sea since September 19, destroying more than 500 homes as well as churches and banana plantations in the process. Is.
On Monday, Spanish property portal Idealista estimated the damage was around 178 million euros (£152m).
Officials are not yet sure if the lava can reach the sea around the island and around 300 local residents in the coastal areas of San Bordon, Marina Alta and Baja and La Condesa have been confined to their homes in anticipation.
At the moment of contact between the lava and the ocean, there is a possibility of an explosion and the release of clouds of chlorine gas.
Although no casualties or serious injuries have yet been reported from the explosion, about 15 percent of the island’s banana crop could be at risk, potentially putting thousands of jobs at risk .
On a visit to La Palma last week, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a package of measures to help support the island after the eruption, with aid to rebuild homes and public infrastructure.
Mr Sanchez did not say at the time how much money would be made available for the efforts, but said a cabinet meeting this week would provide more details.
Additional reporting by agencies
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