The destruction of the La Palma volcano has sparked tsunami fears, with satellite images showing a lava flow the size of a ‘three-story structure.’
With satellite photographs indicating a lava flow the size of a ‘three-story structure,’ the collapse of the La Palma volcano has aroused tsunami fears.
VETERANS are terrified that a volcano eruption on Tenerife might cause a gigantic wave with “catastrophic repercussions,” according to scientists.
Satellite images show a deadly lava torrent with chunks the size of houses, prompting the warnings.
After part of the volcanic cone collapsed over the weekend, a flow of bright red lava spilled down from the Cumbre Vieja ridge, which erupted on September 19.
The fast-flowing stream transported huge chunks of hardened lava away.
The lava has destroyed or damaged 1,186 structures, according to the most recent data from the European surveillance system Copernicus, with 95 more in danger.
“We cannot predict when the eruption, which began 21 days ago, will end,” said Julio Pérez, the Canary Islands’ regional minister for security.
However, there are growing fears that lava flowing into the sea would cause a tsunami.
This is the result of research conducted in the Canary Islands.
A scholarly report co-authored by Steven Ward of the University of California and Simon Day of the University of London warns of a possible mega-tsunami from La Palma.
According to geologists, enormous waves generated by a flank collapse would impact Moroccan and Spanish beaches in two to three hours.
The wave would then proceed for nine hours across the Atlantic, hitting the coasts of Brazil, the United States, and Canada.
Geosciences Barcelona of the CSIC has also detected a tsunami risk.
They were able to foresee what would happen by reconstructing the last major geological cascade event, which took place 180,000 years ago in Al Abrigo when a volcano collapsed.
This would have “catastrophic” consequences on the island, resulting in a “devastating” landslide that would subsequently displace water, resulting in a tsunami.
The study was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth.
On La Palma Island, which has a population of 85,000 people, this is the third volcanic eruption in a century. The most recent was in 1971.
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