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Volcanic lava on La Palma almost shoots the drone - German couple describes a dramatic rescue

2021-10-22T03:41:39.424Z

Numerous existences have been destroyed by the volcanic eruption on La Palma. German emigrants are among those affected. You are faced with nothing.



Numerous existences have been destroyed by the volcanic eruption on La Palma.

German emigrants are among those affected.

You are faced with nothing.

La Palma - The consequences of the volcanic eruption on Cumbre Vieja on La Palma are still enormous.

Lava flows have destroyed many houses and triggered fires on the Canary Island, which belongs to Spain.

The effects of the natural disaster can even be felt in Germany.

Spectacular images were created by a drone flight - directly over the seething eye of the Cumbre Vieja.

The drone equipped with a camera circled over the interior of the volcano, glowing hot lava and black smoke could be seen.

As the drone continued to fly, it was suddenly hit by spray lava and wobbled ominously.

Only the automatic stabilization of the flying object prevented the crash.

The drone recovered and was able to continue its flight.

La Palma: volcanic eruption on Cumbre Vieja threatens La Laguna

In the meantime, the municipality of La Laguna is also threatened by the mass, which can reach temperatures of up to 1270 degrees.

Current pictures from Thursday (October 21) show how the lava flows roll over parts of the place.

But there was no danger for the 1650 inhabitants of La Laguna.

They had already been evacuated the previous week so as not to take any chances.

However, they too are threatened with losing their houses and apartments.

So far (as of October 20), the number of buildings destroyed is over 2000 according to official information, and more than 800 hectares of land have been destroyed.

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On La Palma, the place La Laguna has also been captured by the lava flows.

© Saul Santos / dpa

The residents of La Laguna are not alone with their existential fear.

On the night of Thursday (October 21), the Pevolca Emergency Committee also ordered the evacuation of several villages in the municipalities of Tazacorte and Los Llanos de Aridane.

According to Spanish media reports, this affects around 500 people.

Since the beginning of the volcanic eruption on September 19, almost 7,500 people have had to be brought to safety on the Spanish island.

That corresponds to almost ten percent of all island residents of La Palma.

La Palma: German couple escapes volcanic eruption on Cumbre Vieja in the last second

There were also some Germans among them, such as Jürgen Dolz and Jacqueline Rehm.

The

two emigrants told

Spiegel

that their boat turned out to be a rescue in the last-ditch.

“We were lucky that we still had the boat and were able to go on the boat with our things,” said Dolz: “We have lived on the boat since then.

Very cramped, but it works. "

The couple had actually decided to sell the boat.

But a potential customer found the vehicle “not sporty enough” after a test drive, according to Dolz.

The purchase did not materialize - ultimately a stroke of luck for the two Germans.

They live only four kilometers from the volcano and had to flee headlong a few days after the eruption.

La Palma: volcanic eruption hits German emigrants - "don't really know where to go"

“I panicked at first.

I shivered and got goose bumps and then ran back to the house and screamed: Oh shit, "Rehm remembered the day.

Then she “started filming.

That attracted you, but also put you off at the same time. "

Ultimately, the only option was to flee across the water.

The couple do not know whether their house will survive the natural disaster and whether they will ever be able to return there.

“At the moment we don't really know where to go.

We'll stay on the boat for now until we know what we're really doing, ”Jacqueline Rehm told

Spiegel.

“Whether we really stay here now or maybe even go to another island.

Tenerife maybe.

I don't know, I don't know, it's written in the stars. "

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List of rubric lists: © Saul Santos / dpa

Source: merkur

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