An active volcano should be bombed to divert lava flows, a left-leaning politician proposed.

Casimiro Curbelo likes the idea of ordering a military plane to drop bombs onto the dangerous La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands. The socialist mayor of La Gomera claims the destructive act would help save lives by changing the direction of lava towards farmland and unpopulated areas.

“Isn’t there a plane that flies and can drop … today the technology is very reliable… and boom!” he said according to Newsweek. “Send the lava in a different direction. Maybe it is madness but I get the impression from a technological point of view that it should be attempted.”

Curbelo even took his explosive idea to a formal panel that discussed serious options to resolve the looming natural disaster.

“Let us put ourselves in a reality of a reservoir that loses water, and we want it to flow all at once,” he said according to according to the Spanish media El Mundo. “We will have to act with a system that makes a small explosive bomb fall and destroy a part of the screen and that everything comes out at the same time.”

The U.S. Army previously tested this theory in the 1935 experimental bombing of lava flows at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano.

Although the mission was a success, pilots and geologists later confirmed to National Geographic lava production decreased at the time of the bombing. Lower lava production was a more logical explanation for why the flows stopped.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano has experienced 38 days of intense activity. La Palma residents are preparing for larger earthquakes that could cause further damage.

About 7,000 people have abandoned their homes since eruptions began on Sept. 19. Lava and fire has already engulfed many residential properties, buildings, historical monuments, parks, and squares.

There was no official emergency response strategy at the time of publication.

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