Lava on La Palma swallow a hundred houses and flows slowly towards the ocean

The volcanic eruption on La Palma is still in full swing. Streams of lava are en route to the west coast of the Canary Island, but are now slower than previously reported.

The lava moved earlier today at a speed of 300 metres per hour towards the Atlantic Ocean and was expected there around 9pm Dutch time. But in the middle of the evening, researchers announced that the lava is moving slower and probably no longer arrives in the water today. Authorities fear explosions and release of toxic gases as lava flows reach the water.

Twelve metres high

More than a hundred houses have been damaged or engulfed by the lava. โ€œThe front of the rock is twelve metres high in some places. It eats up houses and flows over them,โ€ says correspondent Rop Zoutberg. โ€œLike a snail, the lava crawls through the landscape to the ocean.โ€

The coastal town of Puerto Naos is in the danger zone. The residents have now been evacuated. In the region, 5500 people have had to leave their homes, including dozens of Dutch tourists.

Earlier today, lava flow reached the first houses:

โ€œThe whole of Spain is alive with La Palma,โ€ said Spanish Prime Minister Sรกnchez when visiting the island. He says that the state is making every means available to the islands citizens.

The fire department and the military monitor the situation and intervene when fires occur around the lava flow. So far, there have been no reports of victims.

Tourists take the precarious and leave home:

After a series of announcing earthquakes, the volcano erupted for the first time in 50 years yesterday. The volcano emits large amounts of smoke. The eruption has no major impact on global air traffic. However, some local flights have been dropped.