Second Lava Flow Hits The Sea During Ongoing Volcanic Eruption On La Palma

This is the moment a second lava delta flows into the sea during the ongoing volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands started erupting on 19th September at 3.13pm local time.

The volcanic activity hit headlines on 29th September, when the lava flow finally made contact with the sea for the first time.

Spectacular images of the new lava delta at the foot of the coast on the beach of Los Guirres in La Palma, Canary Islands, on 10th November 2021. (Instituto Volcanologico de Canarias/Newsflash)

The Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (INVOLCAN) posted footage of the second lava delta, named ‘Colada 2’ (‘Lava Flow 2’), forming on Guirres Beach and making contact with the sea on the evening of 10th November.

The new delta is overlapping the first one to the south, making it even larger than it previously was.

According to the news site Antena 3, the volcanic activity at Cumbre Vieja has already devastated 998.4 hectares (2,467 acres) of land and destroyed 2,724 buildings. In addition, it has almost completely swallowed Guirres Beach.

The thermal shock between the water and the lava is forming columns of water vapour and particles of hydrochloric acid considered harmful to health.

Spectacular images of the new lava delta at the foot of the coast on the beach of Los Guirres in La Palma, Canary Islands, on 10th November 2021. (Instituto Volcanologico de Canarias/Newsflash)

Eruptions are sending steam and ash plumes about 8,000 feet into the air where they are drifting in a south-westerly direction over the Atlantic Ocean.

The news site AS reported that 3.8 and 3.9 magnitude earthquakes were registered on La Palma on Wednesday.

The La Palma government has allowed access along the Aridane Valley coastline for farmers and workers, excluding the area of La Bombilla near the affected beach.

Meanwhile, schools reopened in the areas of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso, Tazacorte, Puntagorda and Tijarafe on Wednesday.

Residents in the areas of Todoque, Las Norias and Morro Los Judios will be allowed access to their homes to collect valuable items as long as they provide photo ID and documents that show their address such as a water or electricity bill.

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