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Unstoppable lava from La Palma volcano eruption reaches ocean in gorgeous build photos

A burning lava scar on the La Palma island seen from the International Space Station

A burning lava scar on the La Palma island viewed from the Global Region Station
(Image credit ranking: Roscosmos/Novitsky)

Unique pictures from build of the La Palma volcano eruption in the Canary Islands display conceal the unstoppable river of lava flowing into the Atlantic Ocean beautiful as locals checklist new earthquakes in the build. 

The burning lava scar on the western flanks of La Palma, one of the fundamental islands of the Spain-dominated Canary archipelago off the drift of northwest Africa, glows brightly in tedious evening pictures captured by U.S. Earth observation firm Maxar Applied sciences on Thursday (Sept. 30). The pictures clearly level to the build on the left the build the lava drift spills into the Atlantic Ocean at the secluded Playa Nueva sea disappear end to town of Tazacorte.

The Volcanic Institute of the Canaries (Involcan) reported the solidifying lava has created a new penninsula, that is already bigger than 25 soccer pitches, The Guardian reported.

Linked: Sparkling lava flows, smoke pour from La Palma volcano eruption in new Landsat photos

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A night time image taken on Sept 29 overlaid on a daytime image from August 17 shows the river of lava flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.

(Image credit ranking: Maxar Applied sciences)

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The glowing river of lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano can be seen reaching the Atlantic Ocean in this image obtained by Maxar Technologies on 29 Sept. 2021.

The fine river of lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano can also even be viewed reaching the Atlantic Ocean on this image got by Maxar Applied sciences on 29 Sept. 2021. (Image credit ranking: Maxar Applied sciences)

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This image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite on 30 September, shows the flow of lava from the volcano erupting on the Spanish island of La Palma.

This image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite on 30 September, presentations the drift of lava from the volcano erupting on the Spanish island of La Palma. (Image credit ranking: Copernicus)

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov on the Global Region Station furthermore photographed the eruption from orbit and shared the pictures on Twitter a day after capturing them on Wednesday (Sept. 29). 

The image, shared by Novitsky on Thursday (Sept. 30), presentations a fine lava river critically outshining the urban network of lights because the island and the encircling ocean conceal in darkness.

“The day gone by Pyotr Dubrov and I managed to preserve the volcano’s magma from the ISS at evening,” Novitsky talked about in the tweet. 

The European Union’s Copernicus Earth observation program furthermore shared new pictures of the continuing eruption at the fresh time, announcing that extra than 1,000 buildings had been buried in the boiling circulate of lava since the eruption started on Sept. 19. 

Over 1.4 square miles (3.6 square kilometers) of land had been buried to this level because the eruption presentations no indicators of preventing. A series of delicate earthquakes as a lot as the magnitude of three.5 shook the island on Friday (Oct.1) and a new lava-spewing fissure opened about 1,310 ft (400 meters) north from the normal crater of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in conserving with Sky News. 

More than 6,000 other folks  including a whole lot of guests had been evacuated because the eruption started and three coastal villages are currently locked down as geologists dread the boiling lava mixing with frigid sea water might maybe doubtless launch poisonous gases. 

The eruption, the principle for Cumbre Vieja since 1971, had been preceded by extra than 20,000 delicate Earth tremors in the week forward of the principle fissure opening. Involcan predicts the eruption might maybe doubtless well proceed for weeks or even months.

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Tereza Pultarova

Tereza is a London-essentially essentially based mostly science and technology journalist, aspiring fiction author and newbie gymnast. Originally from Prague, the Czech Republic, she spent the principle seven years of her profession working as a reporter, script-author and presenter for various TV programmes of the Czech Public Carrier Television. She later took a profession spoil to pursue extra education and added a Master’s in Science from the Global Region University, France, to her Bachelor’s in Journalism and Master’s in Cultural Anthropology from Prague’s Charles University. She labored as a reporter at the Engineering and Skills magazine, freelanced for a differ of publications including Reside Science,, Professional Engineering, By approach of Satellite and Region News and served as a maternity quilt science editor at the European Region Company.

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