Lava from La Palma eruption reaches the Atlantic | World news
LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) – Lava from a volcano in Spain’s Canary Islands has reached the sea after 10 days of destroying hundreds of homes and evacuating thousands of residents.
The steam columns that experts had warned could contain toxic gases projected upwards when the bright red molten rock fell into the Atlantic Ocean at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
The area had been evacuated for several days as authorities waited for lava to reach the water. Its erratic flows and changes of terrain had slowed its progress.
Lava flows from the September 19 eruption on La Palma destroyed at least 589 buildings, mostly houses on the southwest side of the island that were taken on a slope below the volcano.
No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported, thanks to the rapid evacuation of more than 6,000 people in the first hours after the eruption last week.
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La Palma, home to around 85,000 people, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwest Africa. The island is approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) long and 20 kilometers (12 miles) wide at its widest point.
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