A French astronaut recorded the eruption of the Cumbre Viza volcano in the Canary Islands of Spain from space. Thomas Baskett is working for the European Agency at ISS (International Space Station) and shared the photo on his Twitter profile yesterday.
“The volcano of La Palma erupts. The orange glow of the volcanoes contrasts with the darkness of the Atlantic Ocean and makes everything very interesting. The brightness of the volcanoes is very close to the city lights,” the astronaut wrote.
Nearly 200 houses were destroyed by volcanoes, more than 6,000 people were forced to flee the city, and the Magma River continues on its way to the sea: Explosion last Sunday on the Spanish island of La Palma.
On the way to the island coast in the Spanish archipelago of the Canary Islands, the lava destroys everything at a slower speed than expected, at a speed of 120 meters per hour. From The volcanic eruption hit 180 homesAccording to the European Emergency Surveillance Organization based in Copernicus. However, the number will definitely increase.
On the way to the sea, as far as the city center, the volcanic flow has already reached its last hurdle: the city of Dodok, with a population of about 1,200, in the municipality of Los Lanos, southwest of La Palma, was forced to evacuate. People.
Experts and public officials agree that magma will reach the ocean, but they do not know when it will come. Therefore, precautions were taken because when a volcano comes in contact with salt water at a temperature of 1,000 degrees Celsius, it can emit toxic gases and cause eruptions.
As Angel Vector Torres, head of the Canary Islands regional government, warned today, this moment will be crucial. For this reason, all administrations – Spanish, Canary and La Palma Island – are asking people not to go to roads near the volcano, or to access the volcanic flow.
Spanish head of state Pedro Sanchez cautioned and announced that La Palma would be declared an emergency zone. In addition, the Canary Islands could seek assistance from the European Union’s Solidarity Fund to mitigate the damage caused by the eruption of more than 400 million euros.
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