The volcanic eruption that happened recently in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed drastically, but there are still fears of lava destroying more homes. The giant river of lava roughly 600 metres wide slowed to a speed of four metres per hour after reaching a plain on Wednesday. The day after the eruption on Monday, the lava was moving at 700 metres per hour.
A volcanologist at Spain’s National Geographic Institute, Stavros Meletlidis explained that the dynamics of any eruption are constantly changing. He said “The lava is advancing very slowly because it cools in contact with the atmosphere, through friction with the ground and building materials and, above all, because its front edge is widening out,”
Authorities claimed as the lava slowed down, it grew thicker, and almost rose to 15 metres high in some places. The lava now covers close to 166 hectares and engulfed around 350 homes. As the lava slowed, many residents of towns in its path took the opportunity to grab some of their belongings and relocate.
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