Lava sprayed by Cumbre Vieja Volcano, which has been active since September 19 on La Palma Island, one of the Canary Islands group in the southwest of Spain, started to flow into the sea from the 4th branch.
Yesterday, the lava had formed a new, narrower lobe emerging from the broad main front (coming from the main source, corresponding to the original flows), that had advanced at fast pace of about 100 m per hour eastwards. At the same time, the lava flow from the secondary fissure vent at the NW base of the cone continued to form its own flow, which had been advancing along the northern margin of the main flow at approx. 30 meters per hour.
La Palma Island local government announced that curfews have been imposed in four settlements, affecting more than 3,000 people, due to the gas spread that started with the flow of lava from the new branch to the sea.
The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Planning agency also advised the public not to go out of their homes unless it is necessary, and to keep windows and doors closed, due to the increase in air pollution and gas emissions.
On the other hand, in the data updated by the European Union Satellite Imaging System (Copernicus), it was stated that the area covered by the lava from the volcano increased to 1065 hectares in the region.
The lava caused the destruction of 2,651 buildings, most of them houses, and partial damage to 95 buildings.