Rivers of molten lava. / AGENCY

Video | Latest pictures show La Palma volcano spewing out a ‘tsunami of lava’

Almost 7,000 people have now been moved to safety since the volcano started to erupt. However, classes will restart on Monday for 4,000 students on the island

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Emergency services are continuing to closely monitor the latest situation with the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, which geologists said was spewing out a ‘tsumami of lava’ on Thursday.

That is how the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) described one of the overflows of the lava channel that happened during the afternoon of 14 October and which they described as "impressive" due to the speed of the magma that was pouring out of the volcano at that time.

Latest situation report

The latest situation report from the Department of National Security (DSN), at 6am GMT this Friday, indicates that the eruption continues to behave like a strombolian mechanism: with explosive and effusive phases.

There are two main lava flows. The original one, which is not carrying so much lava at present, has three branches: two to the south of the Todoque mountain - one of them has formed the lava delta in the sea - and a third located above the mountain.

Worried

The second main flow is the one that currently worries authorities and researchers the most. It is to the north of the original stream and is moving in a north-westerly direction with two ‘tongues’: one, with a high intensity and a broad path, and the other is the one that swept through the La Laguna industrial estate.

The latter forced the evacuation of 300 people from the area bringing the total number of people displaced from their homes since the beginning of the eruption to 6,800, according to the IGNM.

Another 24 earthquakes were recorded this morning although "significant seismicity is not being recorded on the surface."

Air quality is "reasonably good" and La Palma airport remains open and operational so far.

Bananas

The tanker Tomasso S, with a capacity of 7,500 cubic metres, has docked in the port of Tazacorte, on the island of La Palma. The purpose is that the vessel, together with two portable desalination plants that are being installed in Puerto Naos, will provide irrigation water - mostly banana plantations - which were left without a supply when the lava from the La Palma volcano broke the pipeline that supplied them. The aim is to guarantee the survival of the plantations, which are also being affected by the ash from the volcano.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Education of the Canary Islands has announced that next Monday, 18 October, normal classes will resume in schools and colleges in the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte, a measure that affects 4,606 students and 583 teachers.