Nine days after the eruption of the volcano on the island of Palma in the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, lava increased its flow rate this morning (Tuesday) on its way to the ocean. When lava eventually meets seawater, it can cause explosions and release toxic gas.
As a result, Spain, the sovereign of the islands, has declared a state of emergency on the island of Palma, announcing a € 10.5 million aid package, with more than 600 homes destroyed due to the eruption. However, scientists believe that it is not possible to estimate exactly when the lava will reach the shore.
Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said further aid, including to rebuild public infrastructure, would be sent after the current outbreak stabilized
“The lava cools as time goes on and it encounters uneven ground, which slows it down. And if it goes off the highway it flowed into, it will slow it down even more because it spreads more widely,” said Miguel Angel Murkwenda, technical director of the emergency department. The Canary Islands Volcano to the AP News Agency.
The volcano has so far emitted more than 46 million cubic meters (1.6 billion cubic feet) of molten rock, according to the Canary Island Volcanology Institute.