LA PALMA, Canary Islands – Huge clouds of ash blocked flights in and out of the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday as molten rock began to fly into the air from a volcano.
Emergency crews cleared the ashes from the airport runway, but no flights arrived or departed.
Islanders faced a mixed picture of good and bad news, with fewer residents allowed to return home in some of the quakes, while authorities took notice of the damage. About 300 buildings have been destroyed in rural areas so far.
La Palma volcano, part of the Canary Islands in northwestern Africa and home to about 5,000,000 people, erupted on Sept. 1. The rapid evacuation of more than 000,000 people has resulted in the avoidance of casualties.
The rest of La Palma, about 5 kilometers (22 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide, was not much affected by public life.
“We are not in a state of complete panic,” Miguel Angel, technical director of the volcanic emergency response unit, told a news conference in Mercuinde. “Life on the island continues, although those close to the blast are facing difficulties.”
Burning molten rock and black smoke are still coming out of the mouth of the volcano. Its roar could be heard miles away. Scientists say the eruption could last up to three months.
The sound of volcanic eruptions could shatter glass in the surrounding area, Morkuend said, urging people living within 5 miles to stay away from their windows.
Volcanic ash is not a threat to public health, but clearing it can be dangerous for people’s lungs and eyes, officials said. They urge people to wear masks, gloves and eye protection as well as trousers and long sleeve shirts when removing ashes.
About 25,000 metric tons of sulfur dioxide is being emitted from the hole every day but is not a threat to health, officials said.
Spanish airport authorities Anna wrote on Twitter that La Palma airport reopened on Sunday, with no aircraft expected to land or take off. Five airlines have already canceled their day flights to La Palma due to ash clouds. Volcanic ash is dangerous for aircraft engines.
Long lines are formed at the island’s ports to catch ferries to the island.
Authorities allowed 1,160 displaced people to return home and some other displaced residents to collect items from their homes because the lava flow was slow.
The lava is 2 kilometers off the coast, Morkuend said. Two rivers of lava flow down the hill: one further north, where molten rock from a new fisher is spreading to an area where lava erupted and hardened last week, and another south of which is advancing 30 meters (about 100 feet). Per hour. The lava temperature is about 1,250 degrees Celsius (2,282 degrees Fahrenheit).
This month’s eruption is the first in La Palma since 1971.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times