- Title: Drone captures devastation caused by lava on Spanish island
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: LA PALMA, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 28, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) DRONE SHOT SMOKE RISING AND TREE ON FIRE BEHIND LARGE HOUSE DRONE SHOT OF SMOKE RISING AND FIRES BURNING THROUGH HOUSE DRONE SHOT OF THICK SMOKE RISING FROM WHERE TREE WAS BURNING BEHIND LARGE HOUSE DRONE SHOT OF THICK SMOKE RISING FROM BEHIND LARGE HOUSE / FIRES BURNING THROUGH SMALLER HOUSES LA PALMA, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 28, 2021) (REUTERS) (MUTE) (NIGHT SHOTS) DRONE SHOT OF LAVA FLOWING FROM CUMBRE VIEJA VOLCANO
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 06:14
- Keywords: Atlantic Ocean Canary Islands Cumbre Vieja La Palma Spain Volcano aerial drone shots lava ocean sea
- Location: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- City: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWRV7T3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Smoke billowed around residential houses on the Spanish island of La Palma on Tuesday (September 28), nine days after lava started flowing from the erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano.
Drones captured images of thick smoke rising into the sky, with some houses succumbing to fires caused by the molten rock passing through the area.
Red hot lava has devastated the island, with flows eventually reaching the Atlantic Ocean late on Tuesday evening.
Officials said the lava flowing into the sea could trigger explosions and clouds of toxic gases and the Canary Islands' emergency service urged those outdoors to immediately find a safe place to shelter.
No injuries have been reported.
Lava has been flowing down the volcano's western flank toward the sea since September 19, destroying almost 600 houses and banana plantations in La Palma, which neighbours Tenerife in the Canary Islands archipelago off the North African coast.
Thousands of people have been evacuated and three coastal villages were locked down on Monday (September 27) in anticipation of the lava meeting the Atlantic Ocean.
Spain classified La Palma as a disaster zone on Tuesday, a move that will trigger financial support for the island.
The government announced a first package of 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million), which includes around 5 million euros to buy houses, with the rest to acquire furniture and essential household goods, government spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez said.
(Production: Ben Dangerfield)
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