Several new volcanoes have opened on the Spanish island of La Palma, erupting new lava that is intensifying a ridge and threatening to widen damage to vacant land, roads and homes, officials said on Sunday. .
María Jose Blanco, spokeswoman for Spain’s National Geographic Institute, said the molten rock emanating from the main new vent was very liquid and was moving at six meters (20 feet) per minute toward hitherto unaffected areas.
The eruption on the island, which is located at the western end of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, began on September 19.
In the 10 weeks since then, at least 11 different lava flows have been identified by scientists, covering at least 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) of land, including thousands of areas for the island’s economically important banana plantations. Includes houses, roads, power lines and irrigation pipes. ,
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One of the rivers of lava destroyed a local cemetery last week, re-buried the remains of more than 3,000 people.
Despite the damage, no injuries or deaths are directly linked to the explosion.
Experts said at least 80 earthquakes were recorded overnight, with the most powerful reaching a magnitude of 3.6. Some of them can be felt by the residents.
Flights returned to La Palma this weekend, a week after airlines canceled due to the amount of volcanic ash flowing in the direction of the airport, despite continued volcanic activity on the island. Tourism is a huge industry common to all of the Canary Islands, a favorite warm-weather vacation destination for Europeans.