La Palma volcano eruption today: evacuation, possible tsunami and live updates
No more evacuations as lava pours from La Palma volcano
Lava pours from the volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma forced the authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso, the mayor of the city said on Tuesday.
People from the Tacande Alto neighborhood were evacuated late Monday and early Tuesday after a new lava flow began to flow from another crack on the slope of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, Sergio Rodríguez told TVE television on Tuesday.
“The lava on its way to the sea was a little capricious and turned its course“said Rodriguez.
About 6,000 of the 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption so far, TVE said.
No fatalities or injuries were reported, but drone footage captured two tongues of black lava cutting a devastating swath across the landscape as they moved up the volcano’s western flank towards the sea.
Experts say if and when lava hits the sea, it could trigger more explosions and clouds of toxic gases. Maritime authorities maintain a two nautical mile zone in the sea around the closed area as a precaution.
The lava flow was originally expected to reach shore on Monday evening, but his speed has dropped in recent hours.