The volcano that erupted almost 3 weeks ago on La Palma is still creating a tense and unpredictable situation according to experts. The airport on the Spanish island was forced to shut down again on Thursday due to the ash being produced by the volcano. Some scientists explained that the course of this three-week eruption has been unpredictable but has settled down in recent days.
The volcano in the Canary Islands continues to spit out lava and generated 16 earthquakes in the previous 24-hours. The biggest earthquake reached a magnitude of 3.5 which shook the area, said the National Geographic Institute. The lava has destroyed more than 600 homes and has forced more than 6,000 people to evacuate.
Officials have said the magma from the volcano is currently flowing down a “lava tube” beneath hardened lava, going straight to the sea. That news brought some comfort to people as there was less fear of it spreading wider and causing more damage. The German Research Center for Geosciences said the lava flow is 6,300 metres long, and more than 1,000 metres wide, and up to 25 metres thick
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