Spanish Cumbre Vieja Volcano Dust Threat, Flights Canceled

Airplanes were grounded on the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday (17/10) when dust from the La Cumbre Vieja Volcano was feared a safety risk. So far, flights have been suspended for two days.

 

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AFP on Sunday (17/10), reported that 38 flights had been cancelled. Most of those flights originate and go to other islands in the Atlantai archipelago off the coast of Morocco.

Only four of the 34 flights scheduled for Saturday were allowed to depart.

La Cumbre Vieja Volcano, which erupted on September 19, continues to emit lava. This mountain is 15 kilometers from La Palma airport.

 

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So far there have been no official reports of casualties, but the lava continues to move and hardened rock has covered more than 750 hectares of land and destroyed 1,800 buildings, including hundreds of homes.

As many as 7,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, while the population in La Palma is around 85,000.

The eruption of La Cumbre Vieja Volcano had covered a large area with ash, then many minor earthquakes occurred throughout the day.

La Palma airport has closed twice since the eruption and airlines have sporadically canceled flights.

 

Source: Reuters and CNN. Stay tuned for more international news about Cumbre Vieja.