Lava continues to consume homes and destroy farmland on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands of Spain.
Since the eruption of Kumbrevieha volcano on Sunday, more than 6,000 people have been evacuated and about 190 homes have been destroyed.
There are no reports of injuries or casualties from the volcano that erupted 50 years ago.
However, officials have warned that contact of lava with the sea could release toxic gases and could start acid rain on Friday.
Is the volcano still erupting?
The volcano erupts lava and continues to send black smoke over the island.
The lava wall is about 6 meters high and currently covers an estimated 140.44 hectares.
A magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck late Monday, opening new crevices on the slopes of the volcano, causing another stream of lava to flow from the crevices.
Then, early on Tuesday, several small earthquakes struck the island.
The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Planning team warned about “explosions and toxic gas emissions” when lava encountered the sea.
This could be due to the reaction of 1,000 ºC lava with salt water, and the explosion could release hydrochloric acid.
Maritime authorities have set up a 3.7km “exclusion zone” to keep people away from the area if this happens.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited La Palma and said: As everything is going according to plan, ensuring the safety of La Palma citizens who may be affected as a result of this eruption is a priority. “
He said the Red Cross “provides care and food to affected people who had to leave the house.”
Felipe VI of Spain and Queen Letizia are visiting La Palma on Thursday.
When will you stop?
The Canary Islands Volcanology Institute states that the aftermath of the eruption can last up to 84 days, which means the problem is not over yet.
The last eruption on the island was in 1971, lasting more than three weeks, while the 2011 underwater eruption off El Hierro lasted five months.
Will my trip be affected?
The Foreign, Commonwealth of Development (FCDO) does not advise people traveling to the Canary Islands.
The website statement states: “On Sunday, September 19, 2021, there was a volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands of Spain at about 15.15 local time. El Paso was evacuated in the immediate vicinity of Cabesa Devaca.
“If you are in a disaster area, you should follow the advice of the local government, including the latest social media information from Cabildo de La Palma. If you plan to travel to the island soon, contact the tour operator / airline. Is recommended. “
The volcano is like a tourist attraction. Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto encouraged people to visit the island and told the Canal Sur radio station:
“On the contrary, we are communicating so we know that tourists can travel to the island and enjoy something weird. See it for yourself.”
However, this has not been advised by other officials.
The flight is still in and out of La Palma Airport and can be reached from the larger airports of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, but with some delay.
We continue to operate flights between the United Kingdom and Great Britain.