La Palma volcano eruption today: evacuation, possible tsunami and live updates


Lockdown of La Palma as lava approaches the sea

On Monday morning, emergency authorities ordered residents of an area on the east coast of the island of La Palma to lock as lava gushing from Cumbre Vieja volcano nears the sea.

Lava at 1,250 degrees Celsius could hit the Atlantic Ocean in the next few hours, probably causing explosions and sending clouds of poison gas over the island, warned the emergency services of the Canaries on Monday morning.

“The population will have to follow the directives of the authorities and stay in their house with doors and windows closed,“, said the services on their Twitter account.

The inhabitants of the coastal areas of San Borondon, Marina Alta and Baja and La Condesa were ordered to close.

Reuters drone footage showed a swift river of fiery red lava tumbling down the slopes of the crater, passing near houses, and expanses of land and buildings engulfed by a black mass of slower and older lava.

Monday morning after dawn, the volcano was calmer than the previous days.

Since the volcano began to erupt on September 19, the black lava flow engulfed more than 230 hectares, said the European Union’s Copernicus satellite monitoring service, engulfing hundreds of homes as well as roads, schools, churches and banana plantations and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported since the volcano erupted, but about 15% of the island’s banana harvest could be at risk, jeopardizing thousands of jobs.

Photo: EFE / Ángel Medina G.

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