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La Palma: New eruptions on the Cumbre Vieja

2021-09-27T03:41:51.909Z

Explosions, poisonous ash and a new lava flow threaten other cities on La Palma. More and more people have to be evacuated. The volcanic eruption also endangers the island's main industry.



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New eruptions of the Cumbre Vieja


save residents from the lava

New explosions, poisonous ash and lava threaten other cities on La Palma.

More and more people have to be evacuated.

The volcanic eruption also threatens the island's main industry.

More and more people have to leave their homes on La Palma.

The Cumbra Vieja volcano on the Canary Island is more active than ever since it erupted a week ago.

Now is the time for many people to get their belongings and themselves to safety.

Reporter: "How are you?"

Resident: "Bad, very bad."

Reporter: "What are you taking with you?"

Local resident: "Clothes, documents and the animals."

The authorities of La Palma ordered the evacuation of Tajuya and other localities on Friday.

First of all, the rescue workers asked the residents to stay in their homes.

You should protect yourself from the ash cloud and flying rocks.

Because there were violent explosions on the mountain again and again in the afternoon, the emergency services started an evacuation.

In the city of Todoque, firefighters had to stop their clean-up work.

A new vent had formed in the flank of the volcano.

Video recordings show violent explosions.

Thousands of tons of lava have already flowed out of the Cumbre Vieja crater towards the sea.

The lava cylinder slows down, but sometimes piles up to 15 meters high.

The liquid rock has already destroyed numerous houses, churches and a school.

So far there have been no deaths or serious injuries.

But one of the island's most important industries is threatened.

Antonio Brito Alvarez, banana farmer:

“It's all burned.

This is completely burned by the heat and hot wind, and so is over here.

The bananas are over. "

The cultivation of bananas makes up about half of the economic output of La Palma.

Fruits that were spared from the scorching heat have been spoiled by the poisonous volcanic dust and can no longer be sold.

In addition, the lava masses threaten to destroy underground pipes on their way to the sea.

Antonio Brito Alvarez, banana farmer:

“If the pipe breaks, there will be no more water.

If we stop irrigation of this best and warmest area on La Palma, that would be a serious problem for the island, very serious. «

According to the industry, the volcanic eruption endangers up to 5,000 jobs in banana production.

Far fewer tourists visit the island than nearby Tenerife or Gran Canaria.

The airport of La Palma was finally closed on Saturday because of the large amount of ash.

According to the operator, cleaning teams are in action, but the situation on the island could change at any time.

Source: spiegel

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