Huge clouds of steam rose into the air as molten lava spilled into the sea amid concerns among residents that the lava would cause explosions and release toxic gases.
The photos show huge clouds of white steam rising from the Playa Nueva area when lava came into contact with seawater on the evening of September 28 (local time).
The Institute of Volcanology of the Canary Islands (INVOLCAN) announced on Twitter: “Lava flows into the sea at Playa Nueva“.
Cumbre Vieja volcano started erupting on September 19. The Canary Islands Emergency Service urges people who are outdoors to immediately find a safe place to take shelter.
Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the response committee at the Canary Islands Eruption Task Force (PEVOLCA), said:When lava flows into the sea, the blockade must be strictly observed“.
Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano has “swallowed” everything in its path, including nearly 600 houses and 21 km of roads. The lava currently covers 258 hectares (637 acres), mostly farmland, including banana plantations, according to the European Union’s Satellite Watchdog.
Volcanic lava has covered an area of about 258 hectares and destroyed nearly 600 houses and structures (Photo: AP)
So far, no deaths or serious injuries have been reported following the rapid evacuation of more than 6,000 people. Three coastal villages were also closed on September 27 before lava spilled into the Atlantic Ocean.
Spain classified La Palma as a disaster zone on September 28, a move that paved the way for financial support for the island, home to 85,000 people and heavily dependent on agriculture and tourism. The airport has been closed for the past several days due to concerns about the risk of unsafe flying because of ash and smoke from the volcano.
The Spanish government has announced the first support package of 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million), including about 5 million euros ($5.8 million) to rebuild homes, the rest back to buy essential furniture and household items, said Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez.
Other aid, including rebuilding public infrastructure, will be deployed when the current volcanic emergency ends, Ms. Rodriguez added.