Drone footage released by Spain’s Superior Council of Scientific Investigations (CSIC) shows molten lava streams from La Palma’s volcano falling from cliffs into the sea and extending the island’s surface as the lava hardens when it hits the water.
Spanish broadcaster TVE reported on Monday the lava had increased the size of La Palma on the western shore by 30 hectares.
Scientists from the Spanish Oceanographic Institute’s (IEO) on board of the Ramón Margalef vessel are studying the effects of the volcanic eruption on the marine ecosystem of the island and carrying out a geomorphological study of the seafloor to determine whether there are sources of volcanic emissions under the sea.
Roughly 1,000 buildings have been destroyed since the eruption began on Sept. 19 and 6,000 people have been evacuated, mostly from the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane, two of the main population centers in the island of 83,000 people.
On Monday a river of red-hot lava gushing from the Cumbre Vieja volcano thickened, after the north side of the crater collapsed the previous night causing spectacular explosions, but authorities ruled out further evacuations.
Despite the heightened activity, the lava appeared to be following a similar trajectory to previous flows and avoiding areas that have so far been spared, Canary Islands’ regional president Angel Victor Torres said.
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