Lava already covers more than 180 hectares of La Palma

The lava that comes out of the ‘Cumbre Vieja’ volcano, in El Paso (La Palma), has covered a total of 180.1 hectares since the eruption began this Sunday, September 19, destroying 390 buildings so far, in addition to 14 kilometers of roads, according to the satellite monitoring of the Copernicus program of the European Union.


In this way, the lava already covers 14 hectares more than 11 hours ago, while the buildings destroyed in its path have also grown by 40 in relation to Wednesday, September 22.


At the end of this Thursday, the director of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) in the Canary Islands, María José Blanco, explained that the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma maintains explosive phenomena, a stable speed in deformations and a low seismicity level, indicating that one lava flow has practically stopped -the one oriented more to the north-, while the other one advances “very slowly”, at about 4 meters per hour, something that qualifies is normal when moving away from the emission center, along that joins that also must drag the previous material, part of it cold, and adapt to the topography of the terrain.


He added that the lava front is about 500 meters and in some sections, a height of 12 meters, and the column of gases from the volcano reaches maximum peaks of 4,500 meters in altitude.