A new flow of liquid lava emerged from the volcano that erupted in the Spanish Canary Islands on Friday, as a huge flat of magma continued to form in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining said that the new flow of molten rock began around 2:30 am local time (0130 GMT), adding that it came out of a new crater on the side of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of Las Palmas.
Videos posted online by the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining and the Canary Islands Volcanoes Institute showed a large flow of glowing lava moving across charred ground.
This lava flows on top of the magma that forms a huge flat in the Atlantic Ocean, which spanned more than 20 hectares.
The head of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres, told reporters that Cumbre Vieja began its eruption on September 19 and has so far released 80 million cubic meters of lava, explaining that this amount is double what the neighboring Tinguya volcano released when it erupted in 1971.
So far, the eruption of the volcano has not killed anyone or injured anyone, but six thousand of Las Palmas’s 85,000 residents have been evacuated.
About 870 buildings were destroyed and lava covered an area of 358 hectares, according to data from the European Copernicus Program for Monitoring the Earth.
The lava from the volcano of the island of Las Palmas had reached the sea and formed a “tongue” that extends over more than ten hectares on Tuesday night, with the release of large amounts of smoke and toxic gases.
The municipality of Las Palmas, which is the local government of the island, has asked residents of several neighborhoods of Tazacorte not to go out in order to avoid possible gas poisoning.
On Friday, levels of harmful sulfur dioxide rose in Tazacorte, as the entire region saw an increase in ash particles.