La Palma volcanic lava flow reaches the sea – authorities warn of toxic gases | Yle news

In addition to toxic gases, lava runoff into the sea has been estimated to cause explosions.

Hot lava flowed into the seawater on the island of La Palma on Tuesday night. Photo: Angel Medina / EPA

The lava of a volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands has reached the Atlantic Ocean. The area has been feared to form toxic gases when very hot lava hits seawater.

Among other things, a local researcher from the Spanish Institute of Marine Research posted on Twitter a video of lava plunging into the sea.

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La Palma authorities have warned people not to go near the cliff where lava flows into the sea. In addition to toxic gases, lava runoff into the sea has been estimated to cause explosions, and in addition, lava bodies may fly like bullets.

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Three coastal villages have been closed and thousands have been evacuated.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began to erupt nine days ago and as the lava flow has progressed it has destroyed at least 600 houses and several banana plantations.

The Canary Islands are a well-known tourist destination, but La Palma is not a major tourist destination in the archipelago.