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Canary Island Volcano Erupts
News Bytes 09/23/2021 23 Comments

A wall of lava up to 40 feet high bore down on a Spanish island village yesterday. Residents scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption on La Palma, Canary Islands.

Lava was still spewing from Sunday’s eruption in the Spanish islands off northwest Africa. The molten rock advanced slowly down hillsides toward the island’s more densely populated coast.

Todoque is the last village between the lava flow and the Atlantic Ocean. Officials evacuated 1,000 people there late Tuesday, bringing the total number of evacuated on La Palma to over 6,800.

Volcanic ash has fallen over a wide area. The volcano has also been spewing out between 8,000 and 10,500 tons of sulfur dioxide—which affects the lungs—every day. Authorities are warning people to keep children inside as much as possible due to possible breathing difficulties.

The rivers of lava have swallowed up about 320 buildings so far, mostly homes in the countryside. The lava has also ruined banana groves, vineyards, and other crops. Prompt evacuations helped avoid any human casualties.

The eruption and its aftermath could last for up to 84 days, says the Canary Island Volcanology Institute.

Life on the rest of La Palma, which is about 22 miles long and 12 miles wide at its widest point, has been largely unaffected. Undeterred tourists continue landing for previously scheduled holidays. The islands are a popular destination for European tourists due to their mild year-round climate.

Island residents hoping to save some belongings lined up for an escort back into the village. In the distance, they could see the lava advancing at around 400 feet per hour. Smoke hissed from the leading edge, destroying everything it touched. The magma could take several days to cover the remaining 1.25 miles to the sea.

Melisa Rodríguez, a Todoque resident, tried to stay positive and calm. “It’s hard to think straight about what you want to save,” she says. “But we are only allowed in for one hour, and you don’t want to take longer because that would be taking time away from others.”

Firefighting crews are trying to save as many houses as possible from being entombed by lava. They’re working nonstop to open a trench to divert the lava flow from inhabited areas.

Authorities say more dangers lie ahead for residents, including more earthquakes, possible new lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash, and acid rain. The lava, with temperatures exceeding 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit, could cause explosions, trigger landslides, and produce clouds of toxic gas when it hits the ocean.

Javier López says his house for the past three decades appears to be in the lava’s path. He and his relatives were staying at a friend’s house. They grabbed a few documents, photos, and basic belongings when officials evacuated them on Monday.

“This is probably going to be the last time I see my home,” López says while waiting for a turn to head back to the village. “Or, in the best-case scenario, the house will remain isolated by the lava and inaccessible for who knows how long.” He hoped to recover a vehicle he had left behind and other valuables. He says, “I’ve put my whole life in a van.”

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who take refuge in Him. — Nahum 1:7

(Lava from a volcano flows, destroying houses on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, on September 21, 2021. AP/Emilio Morenatti)

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1st Comment

Wow, that's dreadful. I'm definitely keeping them in my prayers, I can't imagine having to go through that

2nd Comment

Yes that is awful. It would be so hard to live near an active volcano. But it is good that there are no casualties.

3rd Comment

@^ @ Riely

:'(

This would be awful, and so sad and scary. I'm going to be praying for them.
I'm trying to think, if I only could take one belonging (besides basic necessities) what would it be? @Everyone, what would you want to save most of all? Pets don't count because they would have been evacuated with you. I think for me I would want to save one of my stuffed animals (a pink horse) because I've had her since I was little, like five. I don't know though, I'm glad I wouldn't have to choose.

Caroline N

My Bible and/or a phone since there is a bible on the phone

@Caroline

Maybe my teddy bear, since I've had him since I was pretty much born. But maybe also one of my books that isn't in print anymore. Or maybe my box of savings, since I do want to have some of my own money...

I would save our boxes of old

I would save our boxes of old pictures since they're kind of irreplaceable. Plus as many book as I could carry.... But that would be so hard, leaving most of your stuff behind. Those poor people. :-0

this is mylee

:(.. Probally my Bible,orphone,also something that my Aunt who passed gave me.

Living next to an active

Living next to an active volcano would be terrifying, you could never know when its about to go off.

10th comment

That's terrible. I just finished a research project on volcanoes for geology. Here are a few lines:
Three fourths of the world’s active volcanos,-four hundred fifty to be exact-, are positioned in the ring of fire. It runs through the pacific ocean, especially oceania. Java, which is in that region currently has fifty active volcanos. Indonesia sits right on the edges of tectonic plates, which makes the country especially prone to volcano eruptions.
@Caroline, I think maybe the house phone or my computer because it has a lot of stuff on it which could be useful. I would also like to save the adorable stuffed corgi I got for my eleventh birthday.

11th comment

His name is Corgi if you must know...

this is mylee

@Scarlett Awww.

@Caro

Welll if there was a situation where we had to evacuate in a seconds notice I wouldn't try to save anything. But in an unrealistic situation where I could save something...it would be my piano...?????

@N&M A

Good idea, I think that if I could save something as big as a piano, I would go over to my great-grandmother's house, get her baby grand from 1939 and tote it out the door.

That would be terrifying!

That would be terrifying!

@ Addie

(⓿O⓿)
Do you play? Baby grand pianos are my favorite, but I have a really nice Acrosonic and I'm pretty happy with it xD

@N&M A

Yes, I've been playing the piano for 10 years and we have two uprights. I am also teaching myself to play the guitar (and the mandolin, but not as much). Every year (except last year because of covid) I get to play on a full-sized grand piano for competition and it's really beautiful.

@ Caroline and Addie

Caroline: I would save my Bible and my pink puppy dog ( the dog is a toy ). I've had my puppy since I was 10 months old. ( It's name is Puppy ) Addie: I play the piano too. I've been playing for three years and i'm almost in level four. ( level four is the last level in piano ) Do you play classical? If you do who is your favorite composer? I love classical music. My favorite composer is Ludwig Van Beethoven. My favorite classical song is " Fur Elise. "

3 Rings for the Elven Lords

3 Rings for the Elven Lords under the sky,
7 for the Dwarf-Lords in their halls of stone,
9 for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies,
One Ring to rule them all, one Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them,
In the land of Mordor where the shadow lies.

@Lydia

Do you use the Faber Piano Adventures lesson books? My sister and brother have used those, but my teacher never put me in them for some reason...
In ASMTA competition, I will be in Level 8. I play baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary music, but hardly any music with words or from a time later than 1930.
My favorite composer is Frederic Chopin. (With Edvard Grieg moving on up since I started one of his Nocturnes)
My favorite classical (actually romantic) piece is Nocturne in E-flat major by Chopin. You should listen to it, it is so beautiful.
My favorite piece that I've ever played was the one I did last year: Dr. Gradus Ad Parnassum by Claude Debussy. That one's more fun to play than to listen to, but it's still fun to listen to. Another fun one was a baroque piece by Handel called Air in G Major. I wouldn't suggest listening to it though. It was WAY more fun to play.

@ Addie

No I use Bastien Piano basics. i have played Nocturne before it is a really beautiful piece. i will look up the others. I havent heard any of those before. I sometimes play at church, and I plan to finish the levels and learn all i can so i can play in state competitions. I love music so much i plan to be a music major in college and play the guitar, violin, mandilyn, banjo, flute, and be able to fiddle. I know BIG plans, right? :)

@Lydia

My mom took Bastien when she was in piano! I think it would be fun to play at church. I have a couple of times for youth things, but not for Sunday service. Those are big plans! I can play a little guitar and mandolin, but I would love to be able to play better! I probably won't take a music major though.... Not that I don't like taking music. I might take some music classes in college.
Have you played any of Beethoven's sonatas? I started my first one this year, and it's fun, but hard.

@ Addie

I have not plated any of Beethoven's but I have play one of Mozart's. Besides being a music major I am going to be a missionary. It is really neat that your mom use Bastien.

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