BRITS have had to flee for their lives after being evacuated from the Canary island of La Palma because of a volcano erupting.
As a river of volcanic lava flowed from La Cumbre Vieja volcano’s La Palma volcano, huge red plumes with black and white smoke rose out. This forced 5,000 people to evacuate their homes.
Brits planning to travel to and from the luxury holiday destination have been put on alert after the volcanic activity in the last week.
According to the British government, this eruption occurred on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 15.15 local time.
“The immediate area of Cabeza de Vaca, El Paso has been evacuated.
You should consult the authorities if you’re in an affected area, as well as social media updates from Cabildo De La Palma.
“If you are planning to travel to the island imminently you are encouraged to contact your tour operators and airlines.”
The Canary Islands Volcanic Disaster Plan has developed an evacuation plan in response to the volcanic eruption at ‘Cumbre Vieja, in the region of Cabeza de Vaca.
The alert for volcanic eruption has been changed from yellow to red.
According to emergency services, people should remain calm, keep their windows and doors closed, and have key documents and other important documents with them.
It is recommended that everyone has a phone and a radio battery powered on at all times. Animal owners should also adhere to evacuation guidelines.
Cumbre Vieja, which is situated on the southern side of La Palma’s island, is a part of a ridge. It has erupted twice during the 20th century: once in 1949 and again two years later in 1971.
After a week of intense seismic activity, the eruption occurred. This has resulted in around 1000 people being evacuated from their homes.
As vibrations from seismic activity were felt at the surface, a 3.8-magnitude earthquake was recorded prior to the eruption.
A black lava flow was moving towards El Paso with a burning tip.
Mayor Sergio Rodriguez said 300 people in immediate danger had been evacuated from their homes and sent to the El Paso’s football field.
According to the Civil Guard, the evacuation affected more than 5,000 people in different areas of the municipalities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.
THOUSANDS OF TREMORS
Roads were closed due to the explosion and authorities urged the curious not to approach the area.
La Palma, which has an 85,000 population, is one of eight Canary Islands islands in Spain.
Spain’s National Geographic Institute last week reported that 4,222 earthquakes were detected in an earthquake swarm, which scientists call an earthquake swarm. It occurred around La Palma since last Saturday.
An earthquake swarm can refer to a cluster of earthquakes in one place over a brief period. This could indicate an imminent eruption.
Nearly a thousand earthquakes have struck the islands since Saturday.
Tuesday saw the Canary Island regional government place the island on a yellow alert in case of an eruption.
Itahiza Dominicuez, the head of seismology at Spain’s National Geology Institute, said that while it was too early for a prediction of how long this eruption might last,
The Canary Islands’ last eruption was in 2011, which occurred off El Hierro island. This eruption lasted five months.
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