Lava from the volcano on the Spanish island accelerates the pace towards the sea | World news

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LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) – Lava flowing from an erupting volcano in the Spanish Canary Islands has accelerated its way to the sea and is now about 800 meters (875 meters) from the shore, officials said Tuesday.

While one of the two rivers of lava slowed down on La Palma, the other was warmer and more fluid and headed towards the small town of Todoque, from where people were evacuated, the service said. emergency response from the Canary Islands.

Authorities had expected lava to reach the Atlantic Ocean for days, but the eruption was erratic. After calming down on Monday, the volcano became more explosive again overnight.

When molten rock does eventually meet seawater, it could set off explosions and the release of poisonous gas, although authorities say they don’t expect the slow lava to create much disruption on the side.

La Palma, home to around 85,000 inhabitants, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off the coast of 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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Lava from the eruption, which began on September 19, destroyed 589 buildings and 21 kilometers (13 miles) of roads in La Palma. The lava now covers 258 hectares (637 acres), mostly farmland, according to a European Union satellite monitoring agency.

No deaths or serious injuries have been reported since the volcano erupted, thanks to rapid evacuations.

The volcano has so far spat out more than 46 million cubic meters (1.6 billion cubic feet) of molten rock, according to the Canary Islands Institute of Volcanology.

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