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La Palma volcano lava headed to sea

La Palma volcano erupted Sunday

A volcano on the Atlantic island of La Palma – part of Spain’s Canary Islands – erupted on Sunday (September 19, 2021) after a week-long buildup consisting of thousands of small earthquakes. As of September 21, some 5,000 people evacuated La Palma. Lava from the La Palma volcano has destroyed homes, properties and farmland.

ITV reported that firefighters are looking on as lava from the La Palma volcano flows through the streets. The lava is close to reaching the sea, and there are fears of explosions, plus the release of more toxic chemicals, when the lava hits the seawater. Authorities are warning people to stay away from the area.

The 2021 La Palma eruption is coming from Cumbre Vieja, considered to be one of the most active volcanos in the Canary Islands. Footage from local and international media shows the current eruption of red-hot lava and dust emanating from the Cumbre Vieja National Park in the south of the island. This volcano erupted twice in the 20th century, in 1949 and again in 1971. So, before Sunday’s eruption, the last eruption of this volcano on La Palma was 50 years ago. The 1971 eruption lasted just over three weeks.

Check back for more information and images as this story is updated.

Lava fills swimming pool, headed to sea

The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) reported yesterday that it is safe. This telescope – located at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma, in the Canary Islands – saw first light in 1988.

La Palma volcano: Thin streams of glowing orange lava flow down a mountainside at night.
La Palma volcano, September 19, 2021, via Reuters.
The sky, half blue and half vibrant flaming red-orange clouds, over city lights on a hill.
View larger. | Our friend Roberto Porto in La Palma captured this glorious panoramic photo on September 20, 2021. He wrote: “The new volcano in La Palma erupted and created this pyrocumulus illuminated by the full moon.” Thank you for sharing, Roberto.
Low black silhouettes and shining yellow streaks of lava beneath a sky almost totally a vibrant red-orange blur.
View larger. | Also from Roberto Porto, who captioned this image from the same day: “The first night of the new volcano in La Palma.” It’s spectacular.

Bottom line: Video and photos from the ongoing volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands.

September 21, 2021

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