According to the latest data from Copernicus, lava has so far destroyed 350 buildings and covered 166.2 hectares since the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.
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One of the two lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which erupted on Sunday on the Spanish island of La Palma, in the Canary archipelago, has stopped advancing, authorities announced Thursday (September 23).
“One of the lava flows has stopped”, explained to the press Maria José Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN), after a meeting of the authorities to monitor the situation. The other flow, whose width reaches 500 meters, “continues to grow, but much slower than before” especially because of the topography, she added before stressing that the flows should not immediately reach the ocean, “not today nor tomorrow [vendredi]“.
Maria José Blanco, however, clarified that this slowing of the flows did not mean that the eruption had lost in intensity. The authorities fear the arrival of lava in the sea because of the emission of toxic gases that it could cause.
According to the latest data from Copernicus, the European system of geospatial measurements, lava has so far destroyed 350 buildings and covered 166.2 hectares, or 30 buildings and 12 hectares more than the day before, on the island, the main one being economic activity is the cultivation of bananas. The eruption of Cumbre Vieja, which left no injuries or fatalities, resulted in the evacuation of 6,100 people, including 400 tourists.