World Spanish volcano eruption intensifies and suspends flights
Volcano erupts on Atlantic island; lava destroys some homes
LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Spain (AP) — A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. © Provided by Associated Press Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano at the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021.
Eruptions from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma have intensified, as flights are suspended and officials ordered additional evacuations -- bringing the total number of evacuees to almost 6,000 people.
"According to the records of the volcanic surveillance that has been carried out since the beginning of the eruption, this afternoon the most energetic moment of the eruptive process took place," according to a statement from the regional Canary Island government on Friday evening.
The latest 160 people evacuated were removed from three more towns and would not be allowed to return to their homes to retrieve their belongings because of the "evolution of the volcanic emergency," officials added.
Thousands flee as lava spewing from volcano on Spain's La Palma island destroys houses
Thousands flee as lava spewing from volcano on Spain's La Palma island destroys housesThe 15-meter high lava flow has already swallowed 20 houses in the village of El Paso and sections of roads, Mayor Sergio Rodriguez told TVE radio station on Monday morning.
La Palma's airport was "inoperative" on Saturday, after several flights to and from La Palma were canceled on Friday afternoon, due to "ash accumulation" from the recent volcano activity in the region, Spain's airport operator AENA tweeted on Saturday.
AENA, a state-owned company that manages airports and heliports in Spain, went on to add that "cleaning tasks have started, but the situation may change at any time."
"The priority is to guarantee the safety of operations," AENA added.
"The rest of the Canarias airports are operational. However, if you are going to fly, check with your airline about the status of your flight," AENA concluded.
Binter, an airline serving the Canary Islands, also confirmed via a tweet on Saturday, that it would not fly in and out of La Palma due to the presence of volcanic ash. The airline, however, has said it had resumed other flights to La Gomera island and to Tenerife island, due to improving conditions.
EXPLAINER: Wide dangers ahead for Spanish volcanic island
MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean is struggling days after a volcano erupted, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, and authorities are warning that more dangers from the explosion lie ahead. Here is a look at the volcanic eruption on La Palma and its consequences: WHERE DID THE VOLCANO ERUPT? The eruption occurred Sunday afternoon on La Palma, one of eight volcanic islands in Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago, which is strung along Africa’s northwestern coast. It was the second volcanic eruption in 50 years for the island, which has a population of 85,000.A 4.2-magnitude quake was recorded before the eruption.
Saturday marks the seventh straight day of volcanic eruptions on La Palma, one of the smallest islands in Spain's Canary Islands archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez remained on the island Friday morning, where he's been most of the week since eruptions started last Sunday.
Sanchez told reporters on Friday that the Spanish government has approved "immediate financial aid for housing" for displaced people as well as financial aid for those affected to purchase household goods.
Angel Victor Torres, president of the Canary Islands, said on Thursday that some 400 homes and buildings had already been destroyed by the lava, according to reports in Spanish media.
Spain's King and Queen on Thursday traveled from Madrid to La Palma and met evacuees as well as emergency personnel.
Spanish Authorities Anxious as Volcano Lava Moves Toward Sea, Worry Over Toxic Explosions .
Lava has devoured everything in its path, destroying 589 buildings and 13 miles of roads on La Palma. The lava now covers 637 acres, mostly farmland.Once the lava reaches the water, it could cause a release of toxic gas and explosions.