October 22, 2021

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Canary Islands: The Gumbre Viza volcano erupted

The Cumbre Viza volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands erupted on Sunday for the first time in 50 years, under close observation for several days due to intense seismic activity.

The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. .

“People are asked to act with extreme caution and stay away from the eruption area to avoid unnecessary danger,” he continued.

“The volcano has erupted in a wild area,” said Angel Victor Torres, head of the Canary Islands.

Columns of smoke and ash

Large columns of smoke, ash and volcanoes rise from the volcano, according to the first images broadcast live on Spanish public television at 4:30 pm (2:30 pm GMT).

The Gumbre Viza volcano has been under close observation for a week due to a major surge in seismic activity.

The Canary Islands Volcano has reported several small earthquakes of about 4,000 on the Richter scale since last Saturday.

Millions of cubic meters of magma also moved into the volcano as the ground rose about 10 centimeters across the surface of the volcano.

Authorities, who said people should be ready for several days, went a few hours before to evacuate people with low mobility in municipalities near the volcano on the northeastern island. Africa.> – Last eruption in 1971 –

“All administrations are ready to work together,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised on his Twitter account.

More than 200 security forces have been airlifted by helicopter, the interior ministry said.

The last eruption of Gumbre Viza took place in 1971.

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The volcanic Spanish archipelago of the Canaries experienced its last eruption in 2011 on the island of El Hiro.