La Palma volcano: Seismic activity increasing as eruption pushes lava towards sea
CA, 09 Oct 2021
La Palma volcano erupted for the twentieth day on Friday, laying waste to hundreds of buildings and farms, and forcing the evacuation of thousands.
Impressive Reuters TV footage showed lava flowing from Cumbre Vieja volcano towards the ocean.
A secondary lava stream from La Palma volcano engulfed greenhouses and plantations on its way to sea.
The lava stream, which got separated from the main one which has already reached sea, is due to touch the Atlantic ocean entering between the beaches of Los Guirres and El Charcon.
On Friday seismicity increased on the island, both in the number of earthquakes and their magnitude, according to Spain's seismic institution.
Spain's air traffic operator AENA said on Friday La Palma airport remained shut down because of ash accumulations.
Volcano response committee PEVOLCA said on Thursday the air quality in the island had worsened due to changing weather conditions, forcing to close La Palma airport.
Ash cloud disrupted air traffic on the neighbouring island of Tenerife, airport operator Aena said on Friday, a day after it closed the La Palma airport.
Tenerife's northern airport remains open and planes can safely land and take off, but several flights were cancelled or diverted to the island's southern terminal, an Aena spokesperson told Reuters.
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