On the island of Palma of the Canary archipelago, the eruption of the half-century dormant volcano Cumbre Vieja continues. Another 800 inhabitants of the island were evacuated.
The rescue services gave a minimum of time for this, allowing them to take with them only the most necessary things – money, documents, pets. Elderly Islander says:
“We have lived here for 40 years, built and decorated the house with our own hands. Hopefully the lava won’t get to it.”
Having become more active in September, Cumbre Vieja is not going to calm down.
A few days ago, the northern slope of the crater collapsed, after which the island was covered with new lava flows. The situation is aggravated by the fact that now in its streams there are large fragments of rocks, reaching the size of a small house.
In the municipality of El Paso, a cement plant caught fire from a hot stream. All residents were forbidden to go outside. Almost 7,000 people have already been evacuated. The airport is still functioning, but more than half of the flights have been canceled. For the holidays on the occasion of the National Day of Spain, almost no one dared to fly to the island.