La Palma: Lava from Cumbre Vieja set to hit the coast later today

Seismic activity is less, but the lava moves forward.

Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma is set to hit the coast later today, the President of the Canary Islands has warned.

Ángel Víctor Torres, the President of the Canary Islands, has said that the flow of lava from Cumbre Vieja will hit the coastline “imminently”.

As of this morning, September 27, lava is just 1.5 kilometres away from the sea having passed through the town of Todoque.

When it hits the cold salt water, explosions and gases are expected. These glasses have the potential to cause skin and eye irritation, experts have warned.

Although seismic activity is less than in recent days, the lava continues to move forward.

On September 20 the Spanish Merchant Navy temporarily prohibited navigation in the areas close to the volcanic eruption in La Palma.

“This measure is adopted in a preventive manner, due to the inherent risk for navigation, due to the possible arrival of volcanic flows into the sea,” the government said.

The sailing ban affects a limited area of ​​the western coast of the island, to the south by Punta del Pozo (Puerto Naos, Los Llanos de Aridane) and to the north by Playa de las Viñas (Tazacorte) and parallel to the coast, half a nautical mile from said coastline.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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