eviction involved army, concerned with the most vulnerable buildings closest to the volcano. In some cases it was mandatory. A temporary roof was provided over the heads of the evacuees. Local authorities are urging residents to be very careful and stay away from the eruption area to avoid unnecessary risks.
The president of the Canary Islands region, Angel Victor Torres, announced that the area near the eruption site is wooded and sparsely populated. However, local authorities expect that the lava will shift to the southwest where the inhabited area is before it reaches the coast.
Of the 5,000 evacuees, about 500 were tourists. – We were evacuated to the other side of the island to a military base. Things were left in the hotel. people stayed in Slippers Pulled from the beach – said in an interview with RMF FM one of them.
Prime Minister of Spain in La Palma
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior sent 200 service employees to the island by helicopter. The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, was also present. Sanchez canceled his trip to New York to the United Nations General Assembly session, and is scheduled to follow developments immediately, according to the BBC. – The President of the Spaniards said – The priority is to ensure the safety of the residents of La Palma who may suffer as a result of this volcanic eruption rz ± du.
Cumbre Vieja is one of the most seismically active volcanoes in the Canary Islands. The first records of its eruption date back to the fifteenth century. It was active twice in the last century, in 1949 and 1971. During the last eruption, one person died – a photographer taking pictures of lava. No major damages were recorded at the time. 80,000 people live on the island of La Palma.
The eruption occurred on Sunday around 15:15 local time (16:15 CET).
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