The airport on the Spanish island of La Palma shut down again Thursday due to ashfall from a volcano that has been erupting for almost three weeks.

Scientists said the course of the eruption was unpredictable. It settled down in recent days, but the volcano in the Canary Islands continues to spew lava, and 16 earthquakes of up to magnitude 3.5 shook the area over the previous 24 hours, the National Geographic Institute said.

The lava has forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 people and destroyed more than 600 houses. The ash cloud temporarily closed La Palma Airport last month.

Officials said the molten rock from the crater is now flowing down a so-called lava tube beneath earlier, hardened lava, straight into the sea. That has eased fears it could spread wider and cause more destruction.

The German Research Center for Geosciences, which sent a team to La Palma, said the lava flow is 6,300 metres long, more than 1,000 metres wide at its broadest point, and up to 25 metres thick.

A security official walks past boards indicating cancelled flights in the closed and empty airport on La Palma on Thursday. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

The centre’s volcano researcher, Thomas Walter, said the situation is still tense and unpredictable.

“It is still too early to say … how this eruption will develop,” he said in a statement.

Prompt evacuations helped avoid casualties from the eruption, and most of the island of around 85,000 people is unaffected.

The volcanic Canary Islands lie off the northwest coast of Africa.


Source From CBC News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign Up for Our Newsletters

Get notified of the fresh news from Montrealecodaily.com

You May Also Like

Ancient Crusades-era sword found by diver off coast of Israel

An Israeli scuba diver has salvaged an ancient sword off the country’s…

Record 21 humpback calves spotted in Salish Sea over feeding season as whale numbers rebound

A record number of humpback whale calves have been spotted in the…

23 species, including ivory-billed woodpecker, declared extinct in U.S.

Death’s come knocking a last time for the splendid ivory-billed woodpecker and…

Hundreds of migrating songbirds crash into New York City skyscrapers

Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City this week died after…