- Title: WATCH: Moment when SpainÂ´s volcano lava rocks fall from cliff to reach ocean
- Date: 29th September 2021
- Summary: LA PALMA, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 29, 2021) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS CLOSE SHOTS OF OF LAVA STREAM AND ROCKS OF LAVA FALLING FROM CLIFF AND REACHING OCEAN RELEASING CLOUD OF SMOKE VARIOUS CLOSE SHOTS OF LAVA ROCKS FALLING FROM CLIFF VARIOUS OF LAVA STREAM FLOWING DOWN INTO THE OCEAN AND CLOUDS OF SMOKE
- Embargoed: 13th October 2021 00:54
- Keywords: Cumbre Vieja volcano La Palma lava reaches ocean lava stream
- Location: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- City: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami
- Reuters ID: LVA001EWMXZK7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Red hot lava from a volcano that devastated the Spanish island of La Palma reached the Atlantic Ocean late on Tuesday (September 28) evening, nine days after it started to flow down the mountains, wrecking buildings and destroying crops.
Reuters images showed rocks falling violently and clouds of white steam billowing up from the Playa Nueva area. Officials had warned of possible explosions and clouds of toxic gases when the lava reaches the sea.
"When the lava reaches the sea, the lockdown must be strictly observed," Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca response committee, said earlier on Tuesday.
Lava has been flowing down the volcano's western flank toward the sea since Sept. 19, destroying almost 600 houses and banana plantations in La Palma, which neighbors Tenerife in the Canary Islands archipelago off the North African coast.
Thousands have been evacuated and three coastal villages were locked down on Monday 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.
(Production: Borja Suarez, Miguel Gutierrez, Anna Valderrama)
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