As lava piles up, Spain's La Palma acquires ground from the sea as a swarm of vapors pile up

As lava piles up, Spain's La Palma acquires ground from the sea as a swarm of vapors pile up ...

Lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma poured into the Atlantic Ocean for the second day on Thursday, creating a steep outcrop more than 500 metres wide that extends the island'' coastline farther to the west.

Vicente Soler, a volcanologist with Spain's National Research Council, said that the lava was less likely to cause damage on land when flowing into the sea.

Since the eruption of the volcano on Sept. 19, a slew of quakes have evacuated tens of thousands of houses, as well as banana plantations, roads, and other facilities.

"This outlet... represents the most favourable situation for the lava flow not to continue invading new territory as it has been doing until now," Soler stated in a video posted to social media.

The lava landed in the ocean just before midnight on Tuesday near the town of Tazacorte after descending downhill to the coast for around 10 days. The lava cools quickly when it arrives in the water, binding to the cliffside and expanding the island's territory. read more about molten forest.

Despite concerns that the lava producing harmful gases from the seawater could be released, authorities said the air was able to breathe in the country.

Emergency services warned that ash from the crater was causing sunlight to be blocked and reducing visibility.

Several villages near the coastline were kept locked down as a precaution, but banana farmers in several villages were allowed to eat their crops.

Reuters correspondents on the island said the eruption appeared to have calmed from around 1000 GMT, and no lava was being thrown from the crater, although smoke continued to billow out.

Andrei Khalip and Raissa Kasolowsky written by Nathan Allen and edited by Andrei Chamlip, and edititng by Rai's Sa Kassoowsky.

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