La Palma volcano lava flow suddenly stops after eight-day eruption
Lava stopped flowing from a volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma on Monday after an eight-day eruption that caused widespread destruction and led to evacuations and curfews.
Cumbre Vieja volcano suddenly fell silent. Explosions and the whistling of spat material could no longer be heard in the television reports. However, a cloud of ash and smoke still hovered over the summit, even though it was smaller than the past few days.
Since the rash began over a week ago, it’s unclear how long it might last. On Monday, a volcanologist said such outages were not unusual and it was too early to say whether the eruption was finally over, in comments on state television RTVE.
The lava flow was approaching the sea on Monday and was only 800 meters from the island’s west coast, prompting authorities to impose a curfew on several nearby towns, RTVE reported.
Toxic fumes can form when lava, at a temperature of 1000 degrees Celsius, comes into contact with salt water.
The curfew has been enforced in the towns of San Borondon, Marina Alta, Marina Baja and La Condesa, where people have been urged not to leave their homes and to keep their windows and doors closed.
However, further evacuations were not necessary as those whose homes were believed to be in danger had already been evacuated.
The lava flow had moved rapidly towards the coast by Sunday, when it passed the town of Todoque, destroying the Church of San Pio X in the process.
Meanwhile, the island’s airport has reopened, operator Aena said in a tweet. The trail has been cleared of volcanic ash. However, no flights were originally scheduled, it seems, with live flight tracks indicating no flights scheduled to La Palma.
On Monday, all scheduled flights to and from La Palma were also showing up as canceled on Aena’s website.