Lava ‘tsunami’ in La Palma

La Palma, a volcanic ocean island located on the African Plate, has a large ridge made up of a complex of cinder cones that stretches north to south across the southern half of the island.

The Cumbre Vieja has a history of steady Strombolian eruptions (moderate bursts of expanding gases and cyclical or nearly continuous small lava ejections) from one or more vents. Since about 125,000 years ago (~125 ka), all subaerial eruptions on La Palma have been associated with the Cumbre Vieja, with eruptions ranging over the whole 25-kilometre-long ridge.

Historical eruptions on the Cumbre Vieja occurred in 1470, 1585, 1646, 1677, 1712, 1949, 1971. Almost a month ago the volcano came back in the news.

Lava rolling toward the Atlantic Ocean forced the evacuation of more than 300 people late on Thursday, bringing the number of people forced from their homes since Tuesday to 1,200, according to the La Palma government. About 7,000 people in all have had to flee since the eruption, the government said. The lava has fully or partially destroyed more than 1,500 buildings, most of them homes, and covered more than 680 hectares, according to an EU satellite monitoring agency.

Two main rivers of lava were still flowing from the Cumbre Vieja ridge on Friday. The initial one has slowed to a virtual stop, but a second one is spewing a large amount of molten rock and compelling authorities to stay alert for further possible evacuations.

Hot lava continues to gush from the Spanish Cumbre Vieja volcano. About 300 more people fled their homes early on Thursday as flows of molten rock threatened to engulf another area in La Palma. Emergency crews gave people living between the towns of Tazacorte and La Laguna a few hours to collect their belongings and pets and go to a meeting point. Nearly 600 hectares (1,500 acres) of land and more than 1,000 homes have been destroyed since the eruption began on 19 September



  1. Cumbre Vieja Volcanic Explosion Yellows Pine Needles in La Palma
  2. Drone Footage and Thermal Imaging Shows La Palma Volcano’s Intense Lava Flow
  3. La Palma volcano: Lava ‘tsunami’ as earthquake intensifies eruption (+ video)

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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