Canary volcano lava gushes out to sea, eruption continues on

LA PALMA, Spain, Sept. 22 (Reuters) – Lava poured out of an erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma for a fourth day on Wednesday, covering houses and fields, a day later people with homes on the path of the molten stone were allowed back short to pick up stuff.

towers of magma burst high in the air at night, painting the night sky red and spouting fiery debris on the flanks of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

Drone footage previously showed lava flowing west to the coast in three huge tongues, burning everything in their pathincluding a school.

In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands said that the amplitude of the volcano’s seismicity increased.

That seismicity is “an indicator” of the intensity of the strombolian explosive activity,” the institute said late on Tuesday. Strombolian is an adjective that describes volcanic eruptions with violent explosions die emit glowing dust.

The report was issued as lava poured out of the flanks of the volcano had spread to cover 154 hectares (0.59 square miles) in the cities of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, according to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service.

The unstoppable lava burns slowly, covering homes and fields since the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sunday afternoon.

About 6,000 people of the 80,000 people living on the island has been evacuated since Sunday and those die in to be alive on the path of the lava was allowed back in their homes for short moments to recover possessions.

There are no deaths of injured reported, but drone footage captured two tongues of black lava cutting a devastating swath across the landscape as they progressed down the western flank of the volcano in the direction of the sea.

Experts say if and when the lava reaches the sea, it could trigger more explosions and clouds of toxic gases. Marine authorities hold two nautical miles area in the sea around the area closed as a precaution.

Initially, the lava flow was expected to reach the coast on Monday night, but it is speed has fallen.

Reporting by Borja Suarez, Marco Trujillo, Nacho Doce and Inti Landauro, editing by William Maclean

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