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A new crack in a volcano threatens villages on the Spanish island of La Palma

A new crack in a volcano threatens villages on the Spanish island of La Palma

NS volcano In the Canary Islands, which erupted more than ten days ago, it can cause even more destruction: lava has opened a new rift in Monte Cumbre Vieja and threatens other villages.

Drone images show a river of superheated lava flowing down the hill about 400 meters from where the primary eruption occurred.

Opened several incisions Since the volcano activity began, on September 19. The Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands described this latest opening as the epicenter of a new eruption.

La Palma officials said lava hit more homes overnight, leaving more people homeless, and they expect a new flow to join the first home in the next few hours.

The surface of the island expands as lava from the volcano solidifies when it comes into contact with sea water. A series of rocky ridges more than 500 meters wide in the form of a semicircle has already been created on the western coast of the island of La Palma.

The thermal shock of the lava touching the sea also generates a large cloud of smoke over the island. Ash covers streets and homes. People walk around wearing masks and umbrellas, because chemical reactions formed in the atmosphere can cause irritation to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.

Authorities are monitoring air quality, asking residents to close doors and windows.

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