Amazed volcano hunter left to tremble by La Palma eruption


LA PALMA, Spain, October 4 (Reuters) – Eva Kubelkova is a volcanic fan who travels the world in search of active eruptions. Intrigued by reports of seismic activity in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain, she booked a ticket there a day before a massive eruption rocked the island.

“I was looking at the data… and I thought, a yellow alert for this volcano in La Palma, it’s not normal, there could be an eruption very soon,” said Kubelkova, 32.

The next day, September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano began to detonate jets of incandescent lava that slowly moved towards the sea over the next 10 days, devastating hundreds of buildings and farms and forcing the evacuation of thousands.

“When I saw how powerful it was with my own eyes, I shivered all afternoon. It’s really huge and something new even after all these years watching volcanoes,” she told Reuters.

“This one, with its creepy sound, was something special,” Kubelkova said as she took photos of the smoking volcano from a white stucco roof terrace a few kilometers (miles) away.

Czech Azores-based volcanoes hunter Eva Kubelkova checks her camera with the Cumbre Vieja volcano in the background, in El Paso on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain on October 2, 2021. REUTERS / Borja Suarez

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Originally from the Czech Republic, Kubelkova was inspired during the COVID-19 pandemic to quit her job in the pharmaceutical industry and settle in the Portuguese volcanic island chain of the Azores to follow her passion.

“For me … the lava that comes out of the ground, I feel it like sangre de la planeta (the blood of the planet) … The stone breathes, it is not dead,” she said. .

With the intensification of the volcano’s activity on Monday morning, Kubelkova is already planning to return for another visit. Read more

“This one makes me feel like I have to come back,” she said, looking up at the site of the rash.

“I want to walk to this place and see the crater and everything we’ve been seeing here for the past two weeks.”

Reporting by Miguel Pereira, Marco Trujillo and Borja Suarez in La Palma Writing by Jessica Jones and Nathan Allen Editing by Mark Heinrich

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