20 September 2021

Volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands

There is some video at the link, but if you page down, the still photographs are quite stunning. There is also a live video feed which is fascinating as I type this, but that is subject to change of course. Lava pours out of volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands | Reuters

The Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa, about even with the Morocco/West Sahara border. La Palma is in the extreme NW of the Canary Islands, about 300 kilometers (187 miles) from Morocco.

A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers towards houses in two villages from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.

This particular region last had a eruption 50 years ago in 1971. Though people had a week's warning and the government began evacuations well before the eruption. 5000 people had been evacuated as of Sunday evening local time.

La Palma had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors were reported in the space of a week in Cumbre Vieja, a chain of volcanoes that last had a major eruption in 1971 and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the Canaries.

The video below is from The Guardian: Lava erupts from a volcano on La Palma in Spanish Canary Islands. At only a minute and a half it is pretty good.

1 comment:

  1. That volcano, as I recall, is at the peak of a lava "shield" that extends well into the ocean. That shield is perched on some "iffy" water-filled layers. If that mass slips, the theory is that it may displace enough ocean water to create a tidal wave that will do nasty things to the U.S. east coast.

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