Molten lava reaches urban area of La Laguna neighbourhood in La Palma

Molten lava reaches urban area of La Laguna neighbourhood in La Palma. image: twitter @involcan

Lava reaches the urban area of La Laguna neighbourhood and threatens a gas station.

The lava from one of the mouths on the La Palma volcano has reached the urban area of the La Laguna neighbourhood, Los Llanos de Aridane, today, October 20.

This molten and destructive lava threatens a gas station whose fuel tanks has already been emptied weeks ago and is heading towards a banana packing company.

Another flow further north leads to the La Laguna school and, if it continues on its current path, could reach the church square at the centre of the neighbourhood, which was completely evacuated last week.

In addition, another flow about 100 metres from the sea threatens to confine the entire municipality of Tazacorte.

The most recent eruptive mouth, which opened last Friday about 300 metres south of the main cone of the volcano, has begun to emit pyroclasts, after several days in which it has only emitted ash and gases.

As for the dogs trapped by the lava, the company that is preparing the rescue carried out the first test yesterday, which was a success, is preparing for the next ones before proceeding to evacuate the animals today.

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