October 16, 2021

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A new crack formed on the volcano in the Canary Islands, from which lava flows

People on the island must protect themselves from volcanic ash.

A new crack has formed at the La Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, from which lava flows. It flows down the slope in a different way than the lava from previous fissures. Reuters reported on Friday that such a development in the conditions of the island’s residents forced them to wear a headscarf and glasses over their faces, thus protecting themselves from volcanic ash.

La Cumbre Vieja volcano is located on the southern edge of the island of La Palma, where about 85,000 people live. Its explosion occurred on September 19. The volcano released volcanic ash and lava, which slowly flowed down the slope to the coast and then earlier this week began pouring into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Since the eruption that day, several cracks have formed on the volcano. The latest rift occurred on Thursday evening, about 400 meters north of where the largest volcanic eruption occurred on September 19. The Volcanic Institute of the Canary Islands described it as a new hotbed of volcanic eruption.

The Associated Press reported Friday that the formation of a new fault was accompanied by seismic activity. They recorded eight new earthquakes in the area, the most powerful of which was 3.5 degrees.

An order to evacuate the residents of the area has not yet been issued, while the new volcanic activity is being monitored and evaluated by the relevant authorities.

As a result of the eruption and subsequent volcanic activity, about 6000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the area so far. At the same time, more than 800 buildings were destroyed there, including apartment houses, churches and schools. However, the volcanic eruption did not result in casualties or injuries.

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