Residents flee threat of new lava flow from La Palma volcano
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The inhabitants of the Spanish island of La Palma are fleeing the threat of a new lava flow from the volcano tonight.
Hundreds of people in La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain were woken tonight out of fear for their homes and possessions after new lava flow from one erupting volcano threatened to engulf another neighborhood en route to the Atlantic Ocean.
Island authorities had ordered the evacuation of 800 people from a section of the coastal town of Los Llanos de Aridane on Tuesday, October 12, after lava changed course and put their homes on the verge of destruction.
About 6,000 people were immediately withdrawn from the area within hours of the initial volcanic eruption on September 19, when their homes and farms were directly under the path of the volcano’s initial lava flow.
Residents of the La Laguna neighborhood had only a few hours to pick up their most valuable possessions tonight and leave. Volunteers helped staff at a local school collect teaching materials, while others loaded cars and trucks with furniture.
Lava has so far completely destroyed over 1,400 buildings, including homes, farms and other structures, and has covered 656 hectares (1,621 acres), of which 90 hectares (over 200 acres) are dedicated to growth. plantains. No life was lost.
La Palma is part of the Spanish Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of northwest Africa whose economy depends on Canarian plantain cultivation and tourism.
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