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Nine days after eruption, lava from La Palma volcano reaches ocean By Reuters

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© Reuters. Lava flows in direction of the coast subsequent to Tazacorte, as seen from Tijarafe, following the eruption of a volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain, September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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By Miguel Pereira and Marco Trujillo

LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – Red scorching lava from a volcano that devastated the Spanish island of La Palma reached the Atlantic Ocean late on Tuesday night, 9 days after it began to circulate down the mountains, wrecking buildings and destroying crops.

Reuters pictures confirmed clouds of white steam billowing up from the Playa Nueva space. Officials had warned of attainable explosions and clouds of poisonous gases when the lava reaches the ocean.

“When the lava reaches the sea, the lockdown must be strictly observed,” Miguel Angel Morcuende, director of the Pevolca response committee, stated earlier on Tuesday.

Lava has been flowing down the volcano’s western flank towards the ocean since Sept. 19, destroying nearly 600 homes and banana plantations in La Palma, which neighbours Tenerife within the Canary Islands archipelago off the North African coast.

Thousands have been evacuated and three coastal villages have been locked down on Monday in anticipation of the lava assembly the Atlantic Ocean.

Spain categorized La Palma as a catastrophe zone on Tuesday, a transfer that can set off monetary assist for the island.

The authorities introduced a primary bundle of 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million), which incorporates round 5 million euros to purchase homes, with the remaining to accumulate furnishings and important family items, authorities spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez stated.

One resident who was evacuated final week from the village of Tacande de Arriba was delighted to seek out his home nonetheless standing and his pet cats unscathed.

“It’s a good feeling, a fantastic feeling,” stated Gert Waegerle, 75, who fled the advancing lava along with his 5 turtles on Friday however needed to depart the cats behind.

“I am super happy because in the end, everything turned out fine.”

($1 = 0.85 euros)

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