Molten lava from Spanish volcano engulfs pool and houses



Incredible drone footage has laid bare the path of devastation left by an erupting volcano in the Canary Islands.

The Cumbre Viejo volcano on the island of La Palma erupted on Sunday, surprising locals when it woke up from its 50-year slumber.

5,000 residents and tourists were initially evacuated.

But since then, 1,000 other people from the Tacande Alto district have also been asked to evacuate, as the magma surging towards the ocean has changed course, said the mayor of La Palma, Sergio Rodriguez (Australian time) on Wednesday.

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No fatalities or injuries have yet been reported.

La Palma, often referred to as ‘Isla Verde’ meaning ‘green island’, has turned to a tone of ash as the eruption of Cumbre Viejo continues.

In footage obtained by TBEN, a wall of molten lava can be seen devouring a pristine pool belonging to one of some 150 homes already destroyed.

The surface of the pool is seen bubbling and steaming as lava engulfs the rest of the property.

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Authorities reassured residents that they would not be in danger if they followed the recommendations.

Grancanaria firefighters documented their efforts to help residents and monitor the spread of lava.

Another video shows firefighters standing in the slow but deadly path of the eruption.

The caption says: “The force of nature against which we can do nothing.

The lava was originally supposed to reach the ocean on Monday evening, but its speed dropped to 200 meters per hour.

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It will eventually reach the ocean, while the volcano could continue to erupt for days or even weeks.

La Palma’s last eruption in 1971 – from the Teneguia volcano – lasted more than three weeks.

Experts say that when lava reaches the sea, it is likely to set off more explosions and clouds of toxic gases. Maritime authorities maintain a two nautical mile zone in the sea around the closed area as a precaution.

-with AAP