Volcano Erupts in Canary Islands, Destroys Homes

Volcano Erupts in Canary Islands, Destroys Homes

(ReliableNews.org) – There are roughly 1,500 volcanoes worldwide that could erupt. Many of them are located in populated areas. Recently, one of those volcanoes within La Palma, located in the Canary Islands, erupted and left destruction in its wake.

On Sunday, Sept. 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted. Lava spewed up to 5,000 feet in the air. Local officials told the media that about 100 homes were destroyed by the eruption as lava poured down the side of the mountain. More than 6,000 residents have fled their homes and hundreds more are being evacuated.

According to the BBC, local officials are worried about the lava causing a chemical reaction that could trigger explosions and the release of toxic gas when it reaches the sea.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted twice in the 20th century, once in 1949, and again in 1971. In fact, the Canary Islands were actually formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.

University of Glasgow Geoscientist Helen Robinson told reporters the latest eruption demonstrates the “price and privilege of living on a beautiful little island is, in this case, its geological history.”

Although thousands of people were evacuated and hundreds of homes were destroyed, people remain hopeful as no casualties have been reported so far.

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