Madrid-Spain: According to geologists, the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma is continuing unabated and shows no indications of slowing. According to accounts, the volcano has been active for 66 days, spewing lava and ash and causing earthquakes.
Between 12 a.m. and 7.37 a.m. on Tuesday, Spain's National Geographic Institute recorded 46 earthquakes, with the strongest tremors reaching 4.8 and 4.7 on the Richter scale. On Monday, 95 earthquakes were reported, the most since November 17, when more than 300 tremors were recorded.
A fourth lava flow reached the sea on Monday, posing the prospect of an uncontrolled release of hazardous gases when the hot lava collides with the cooler Atlantic Ocean's waters. Approximately 3,000 residents in the area have been instructed to remain indoors. On the island, lava has now covered around 1,060 hectares of land. Over 2,500 structures have been destroyed, and 7,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
The island's airport has been closed due to a buildup of ash and particles from the volcano. Flights to and from the island were cancelled over the weekend, and the situation will be reassessed soon, according to Binter, a regional Canary Island carrier.