Thousands of people evacuated Friday after a small fissure on the dormant La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands opened up, spewing ash and lava onto the ground, the Associated Press reported. The island’s mayor, Felipe García-Martín, confirmed the lava and ash had been all but extinguished by authorities, but more evacuations are expected, as the new eruption continued for the weekend, according to local media.
The latest eruption is the second to erupt in two weeks; on Jan. 23, an eruption spewed water and rocks on the island’s surface, completely dwarfing what is typically seen at the eastern tip of the island. Approximately 4,500 people had initially been evacuated from homes surrounding the La Palma volcano, but a 10,000-people evacuation was immediately ordered on Friday after the latest eruption, reported The New York Times.
The La Palma volcano is one of the Canary Islands, a chain that includes the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Bonaire. On La Palma, the activity was caused by an eruption of the Milazuma cone, a cone with lava, at the volcano’s summit. The eruption’s activity has been relatively mild, with minimal volcanic ash and lava reaching the ground.
Locals seemed unfazed by the latest eruption, saying it was no different than any other on the volcano and urging residents to evacuate only when they felt it necessary.
“The situation is like one in which the volcano does not erupt,” Casilla said. “In a normal eruption, we would start with a lava blast and move on to ash and the other other elements and we would still have volcanic rocks and volcanic ash…but this is like one volcanic period in which the eruption is calm.”
The eruption comes on the heels of a two-week long larger eruption that sent flames into the air in April 2018.
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