The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma reached its eighth week Monday, still raging and showing no signs of slowing down.
According to a report from Italy’s volcano agency, the minimum height of the volcano’s plume on Monday was 1,600 meters.
Experts say it’s challenging to forecast when the eruption will cease since the lava, ash, and gases flowing to the surface reflect complicated geological activity deep within the Earth, well beyond the reach of modern technology.
Since September 19, the eruption has alternated between surges and ebbs, with scientists predicting that it could last up to three months.
Between the Cumbre Vieja volcano and the Atlantic Ocean, almost 8,200 hectares have been declared off-limits.
INVOLCAN, the Canary Islands Volcanology Center, reported lava and massive plumes of smoke and ash pouring from the crater throughout the day on its official Twitter account.
Several hundred homes and industrial structures have been destroyed by lava from the volcano and farmland areas in the predominantly agricultural area. To avoid loss of life, officials evacuated almost 7,000 residents and tourists.
Under the government’s watchful eye, residents of evacuated homes are permitted to regularly enter the ash-covered Cumbre Vieja mountain range to retrieve paperwork and other critical belongings from their homes.
A man’s body, 70, was discovered in the exclusion zone on the island’s south. He died because the roof of his house collapsed when he cleaned up the volcanic ash on his home, reported Daily Sabah.
The Spanish Defense Ministry has declared that the navy has been dispatched to assist farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma in reaching their lava-strewn banana fields.
Two lava flows have already reached the sea, causing chaos for the island’s residents and halting the local economy. The navy will assist isolated farmers and employees get to the fertile island’s cut-adrift sections.
The last eruption of La Palma took place 50 years ago and lasted three weeks. The island, which has a population of about 85,000 people, is part of Spain’s Canary Islands, located off the northwest coast of Africa, reported Voa news.