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Volcano on La Palma: lava roller destroys houses


After the volcanic eruption on the Canary Island of La Palma, a lava flow destroyed houses and thousands of people were brought to safety. Tourists are still welcome on the island.

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The lava of the volcano Cumbre Vieja that erupted on Sunday makes its way to the sea on La Palma.

At least 100 houses were destroyed.

Over 5000 people had to be evacuated.

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrived in La Palma on Sunday and said support to the 83,000 citizens.

Pedro Sanchez, Spanish Prime Minister:

“The most important thing now is to be safe, to contain the fire.

We are still in the eruption phase.

Please be extremely careful, do not approach, stay away, find out more about 112, from the police, from all employees who protect us.

The volcano is still active and we have to be extremely careful. "

The Cumbre Vieja erupted on Sunday for the first time in 50 years.

A hiker filmed the column of smoke from just a kilometer away, then went to safety.

During the night the volcano hurled lava into the air - hundreds of meters high.

Angel Victor Torres, President of the Canary Islands:

“The most important thing is that no one had to be treated for the volcanic eruption.

We have no deaths or injuries to complain about.

I think that's the best news of those first few hours, with a volcano that is still active and will continue to be active for the next few days. "

Rescue workers had already evacuated thousands of people from several coastal towns on Sunday, including more than 500 tourists.

Emma Kleinschnitz, tourist:

“My parents' house is fine so far, it's not in the zone where the volcano erupted.

But the house we lived in that we rented is in that zone where the lava comes down.

So we don't really know what happens to it. "

Many tourists have broken off their vacation and fled to Tenerife.

The Minister of Tourism, Reyes Maroto, described the outbreak as a "wonderful spectacle" that will attract more tourists.

Doubtful statements that were immediately criticized by the opposition in the Canary Islands.

Authorities warn of further eruptions and clouds of toxic gases once the hot lava meets seawater.

In expectation of poor visibility, the authorities stopped shipping in the west of the island on Monday.

The island remains open, according to the Minister for Tourism.

Source: spiegel

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