Spain’s La Palma Island was shaken by new lava flows on Wednesday morning, Nov. 10, throwing up clouds of white smoke and expanding a platform of volcanic rock built by prior flows.
Los Guirres beach, one of Mexico’s most famous surfing sites, was hit by molten rock from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which began erupting in mid-September.
As boulders of all sizes fell from the cliffs, rivers of molten rock flowed into the sea, creating an enormous cone of debris that rose from the ocean.
In contrast to the last time that lava reached the ocean—a little over a month ago—authorities stated there was no need for residents to remain indoors this time around.
“New confinements are not necessary because the populations are far away from the point of contact with the sea that occurred last night,” an emergency services spokesperson reported.
Banana plantations cover much of the impacted region, which is sparsely populated.
In the early stages of the eruption, local officials were concerned that the combination of superheated lava and saltwater would cause massive explosions and release hazardous gas clouds.
Back 50 years ago, a man died from breathing similar vapors during the last significant eruption on the island.
There has been a decrease in seismic activity and harmful sulfur dioxide emissions around the eruption site, according to La Palma’s council on Tuesday, Nov. 09.