Spain: ‘Giant lava fountain’ continues to flow from volcano in La Palma

The Sulphur dioxide concentration west of La Palma Island has deteriorated the air quality after continuous volcanic activity, the local government said on Thursday.

More than 100 earthquakes were registered by the National Geographic Institute (IGN) on Thursday.

While the airspace continues to remain open, Binter airline announced on Twitter that it will only fly in daylight .

Video footage shows the bubbling lava in the volcano mouth and the new shape of the cone after collapsing on itself on Wednesday.

High columns of volcanic material reached almost 2,000 feet on Wednesday, according to the Canary Islands volcanology institute, who described it as “a giant lava fountain.

Officials said that the new rivers of magma caused by this rupture flow towards the west of the island, feeding the primal lava stream.

Flows of molten rock from the Cumbre Vieja volcano itself have caused the evacuations of about 7,500 people and destroyed more than 2,000 buildings, mostly homes.

The rivers of lava cover over 2,200 acres of mostly farmland.

No deaths have resulted from the eruption. Other than in an area on the island’s western side, life continues as normal for La Palma’s 85,000 residents except for having to clean up volcanic ash.

The last eruption on the island, in 1971, lasted 24 days. Its longest, in 1949, lasted 47 days.

The current activity is on day 39 and shows no signs of stopping.