The eruption of the volcano Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Islands is coming to an end, and now the main danger is that the released toxic substances will evaporate. Volcanologist Ivan Makhotkin announced this on Tuesday, September 28.
“Usually an eruption lasts a week from such a volcano, 10 days, but now it is nearing its end. There will be no such outbreaks as initially, ”he said in an interview with the“ 360 ”TV channel.
According to the expert, even if the lava reaches the ocean, nothing bad will happen. It is dangerous when the ocean interacts with the magma chamber, when an explosion occurs and water rushes there.
“And at this moment, when the lava erupts into the ocean, it boils, rages. <…> At such atmospheric pressure, supercritical pressure does not arise there, which leads to an explosion, “he noted.
At the same time, the expert noted that alkaline lavas are very rich in sulfur, chlorine and fluorine, which are poisonous.
“This is a strong impact, and this impact will last for a very long time. It is this evaporation that will be longer and more dangerous than the eruption itself. Because it can cover the whole of Europe with this gas, fluorine, sulfur, ”the volcanologist warned.
On the eve of the famous polymath, TV presenter and political consultant Anatoly Wasserman expressed the opinion that the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano could pose a threat to Western Europe. French meteorologists are warning that large quantities of sulfur dioxide ejected from the Canary volcano will reach France, he said.
The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano occurred on September 19, NSN reports. On the island and its environs, an increased seismic activity was recorded, more than 21 thousand tremors were recorded, according to the Zvezda TV channel. As a result, about 450 buildings were destroyed and 6 thousand people were evacuated.
On September 22, Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto called the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano absolutely safe and suggested making it a show for tourists. Maroto’s statement came after thousands of people, including tourists, were evacuated from Palma. The minister’s statement was criticized by opposition politicians and local media.
On the same day, it became known that the area covered with lava due to the eruption of the volcano reached 154 hectares, reports RT.
La Palma is a volcanic island that houses the 25-kilometer volcanic ridge Cumbre Vieja. Eruptions have occurred more than once in the past. The last of them was in 1971.