La Palma, Spain The red hot lava from a volcano reached the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday evening, destroying the Spanish island of La Palma, nine days after it began to flow down the hill, destroying buildings and destroying crops.
According to a Reuters photo, large clouds of white steam flew from the Playa Nueva area as the lava came into contact with the sea. Pictures shared on social media show lava frozen near a peak.
Officials said lava flowing into the sea could erupt and cause clouds of toxic gas, and the Canary Islands Emergency Services called for finding a safe place to shelter people outside. No casualties were reported.
“When the lava reaches the ocean, the lockdown has to be strictly observed,” Miguel Angel, director of the Pavolka Response Committee, said on Tuesday.
Since September 1, lava has been flowing into the sea west of the wet volcano in Cumberland, destroying nearly 200 houses and banana orchards in La Palma, which is adjacent to Tenerife in the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa.
Thousands of people were evacuated Monday and three coastal villages were closed in hopes of lava flows into the Atlantic Ocean.
Spain on Tuesday classified La Palma as a disaster zone, a move that would initiate financial assistance for the island.
The government has announced the first package of 10.5 million euros (.3 12.3 million), which includes about 5 million euros to buy a house, the rest to acquire furniture and necessary household items, government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said.
One resident, who was evicted from the village of Takande de Ariba last week, has his home still standing and was happy to have his pet cats rescued.
“It’s a good feeling, a wonderful feeling,” said 755-year-old Gert Wegarel, who fled the advancing lava with his five turtles on Friday but had to leave the cats behind.
“I’m very happy because in the end everything went well.”
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By Miguel Pereira and Marco Trujillo
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times