The brutal impact of lava from the volcano of La Palma against the sea, in pictures

As expected for days, the lava flow, which emerges from the volcanic eruption of La Palma, reached the sea last midnight in an area of cliffs on the coast of the municipality of Tazacorte.

This video recorded from the ship Ángeles Alvariño, of the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, shows how the magmatic material from the volcanic eruption of Cumbre Vieja falls into the sea from the cliffs.

The IEO explains that the lava that has fallen into the sea has formed a kind of pyramid more than 50 meters high.

These other images show the arrival of the rivers of lava into the sea at dawn. The video has been recorded from the viewpoint of La Punta, in Puerto de Tazacorte.

The brutal thermal shock between the magma (about 1,000 degrees) and the ocean (about 20) has caused explosions and gases harmful to health, so it is advisable to close doors and windows to prevent the entry of gases from the outside. This video has been recorded by the Civil Guard operative present in the area.

In the sea, the lava will advance first through the intertidal zone, about two or three meters deep, then the subtidal (20 meters), and later, a kilometer away, it will find depths of about 300 meters. The fauna and flora will die because of the magma, but in a few years it will leave a much richer ecosystem.

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