‘Unstoppable’ lava has been clocked at record speeds of 10 meters per second at the La Palma volcano.


Warning from the La Palma volcano: ‘Unstoppable’ lava clocked at record speeds of 10 meters per second.

Officials warned on Wednesday that the erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma is spewing scorching lava into the ocean at record-breaking rates.

Molten rock flows reached speeds of up to 10 meters per second, according to the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (INVOLCAN).

These are some of the fastest lava flows on the island, according to the agency.

On the 66th day of the eruption, which has displaced thousands of people, destroyed homes, and wiped out entire fields and crops, the latest update arrives.

The lava flows are currently feeding a new lava delta near the island’s western coast, near the town of Tazacorte.

When large amounts of volcanic material flow into a body of water, forming a new stretch of land, lava deltas form along the coast.

When a stream of lava crashed into the ocean on Monday, authorities ordered 3,000 local residents to evacuate.

The new delta developed only 1.2 miles from another delta that formed on the coast in late September.

The responsible lava flow has been flowing towards the coast past the mountain of La Laguna, according to INVOLCAN.

The agency took to Twitter on Tuesday to share a number of videos from the stream.

“The lava flow continues its unstoppable advance in the surroundings of La Laguna mountain,” one clip read.

A lava flow is seen flowing through a burning banana plantation in another video.

A third video shows billowing steam rising from the sea after lava collided with it.

More images from La Laguna Mountain at 11:30 a.m. Canarian time pic.twitter.comuPZ7vwKAX7

The lava could travel from Cumbre Vieja’s cone to the Tazacorte cliffs in about 10 minutes if it moved at a constant speed of 10 meters per second (about 22 miles per hour).

Since September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting, causing havoc on the Canary Islands.

According to satellite data compiled by the European Copernicus Emergency Management Service on Tuesday, the natural disaster has destroyed over 2,670 buildings.

The lava is thought to have covered 1,074 hectares of land.

As a direct result of lava flowing into the ocean, the island has grown by about 42 hectares.

“Brinkwire News Summary.”


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