La Palma volcano: Miracle house that escaped eruption has been destroyed


A ‘miracle house’ that was surrounded by lava erupting from La Palma’s volcano however left undamaged by the molten rock has now been destroyed, its homeowners have mentioned. 

Rainer Cocq, a retired Dutch businessman in his 80s who owned the vacation dwelling and surrounding vineyards with 80-year-old spouse Inge Bergedorf, confirmed on Tuesday that the property had been swallowed by the lava. 

‘Everything is destroyed,’ he informed Spanish newspaper El Mundo from his everlasting residence within the of the Netherlands. ‘We have lost every thing on our beloved island. It could be very unhappy. Inge and I are devastated.’

Images of the house made headlines world wide final week – standing as a logo of defiance and endurance whereas tons of of different properties and acres of farmland have been burned up by the volcano.

But, ultimately, the lava piled up excessive sufficient to over-flow the raised piece of land on which the small house sat, burying it together with its neighbours.

News of the property’s destiny emerged because the lava flowed into the ocean at the moment, with locals warned to remain indoors as a result of threat of poison fuel. 

A ‘miracle house’ that was surrounded by lava from the La Palma volcano final week however remained untouched has now been destroyed, the aged Dutch might who owned it have confirmed

Lava from La Palma’s erupting volcano has dropped into the ocean, kicking up a cloud of steam that may additionally be laced with hydrochloric acid and superb glass shards

The lava started piling up within the ocean water in a single day, making a mound that is already 164ft excessive and can re-shape La Palma’s shoreline when it cools and hardens

Molten rock boils sea water because it cools, producing super-heated steam but in addition ‘laze’ – or ‘lava haze’ – which is made up of hydrochloric acid and superb glass shards

An aerial picture reveals the erupting volcano (prime left) and the positioning the place the lava is now falling into the ocean (backside proper)

A cross is seen within the grounds of a church roughly two miles from the volcano that has been erupting on the Spanish island of La Palma for the final 9 days

Dramatic pictures confirmed the river of 1,800F (1,000C) rock plunging off a cliff and into the ocean on La Palma’s west coast round 11pm Tuesday evening.

Large clouds of steam may very well be seen drifting into the air however the response between molten rock and sea water may also produce hydrochloric acid, which is poisonous.

Rapidly cooling molten rock may also produce what is called ‘laze’ – a lava-haze made up of tiny glass shards that may cause respiration issues.

Around 300 individuals have been confined to their properties, whereas police have additionally arrange a 1.5mile-long exclusion zone alongside the coast that goes 2 nautical miles out to sea to maintain individuals away.  

Of the three individuals who died throughout La Palma’s final two eruptions – in 1949 and 1971 – two of them died because of inhaling poisonous gases after getting too near the lava. 

Rubén Fernández, head of the Canary Island’s volcanic emergency committee, mentioned the present threat from poisonous fuel is ‘low’ as a result of sturdy winds are blowing it out to sea.

“Right now we have no indication that makes us think there is any danger for those who are confined in their homes, nor for the emergency teams which are observing a safety distance,” Fernández added. 

Nobody has but been significantly harm or killed within the present eruption, which started on September 19 and that specialists say might final till November.

The eruption is happening on Cumbre Vieja, a ridge of excessive volcanic exercise which has been the positioning of each eruption on La Palma going again to the 1600s – although this precise website has not erupted earlier than. 

Experts had initially predicted the lava might attain the ocean final week, however the move had slowed down markedly in the midst of final week because the rock cooled and piled up in 40ft excessive mounds.

That led to warnings that it would by no means attain the ocean, as a substitute spreading out on land like a pancake – burning up extra farmland and houses within the course of.

News that the lava river has now reached the ocean shall be a aid to emergency providers, as molten rock following behind it’s more-likely to observe the identical path – limiting the quantity of destruction it’s going to trigger.

As of Tuesday morning, EU satellite-watcher mentioned the lava had destroyed 589 properties, burned up 640 acres, and destroyed 13 miles of highway. 

The volcano  started erupting on September 19 (proper), with the lava burning a path in direction of the ocean ever since (stable orange). Overnight it lastly reached the ocean (presumed path shaded) with three areas in lockdown because of fuel threat (prime left). A considerable amount of ash has additionally rained down on the island (in gray)

The eruption marks the primary time in 50 years that a volcano has been energetic on La Palma, with specialists saying it might proceed till November

Lava is seen flowing from the aspect of the volcano, which has destroyed some 589 properties and burned up 640 acres

A daylight picture of the volcano reveals the river of lava in additional element, together with the way it has burned by way of properties and farmland on its route in direction of the ocean

People watch from a close-by marina as a river of lava from La Palma’s volcano flows into the ocean, 9 days after the eruption first began. Experts imagine it might final for one more two months

Updated figures for at the moment should not but out there, although native information stations mentioned the world the lava handed by way of on its strategy to the ocean was largely uninhabited.

It fell into the ocean close to a seaside often known as Playa Nueva, within the Tazacorte area.

By Wednesday morning, a deposit of molten rock was protruding out of the ocean some 164 ft excessive, in keeping with pictures from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography. 

Residents of a number of areas of Tazacorte had already been warned to remain at dwelling with their home windows locked to keep away from inhaling poisonous gasses from the lava.

Those who have been immediately within the path of the molten rock have been evacuated final week. Some 6,000 individuals have been ordered out of their properties in whole.  

On Tuesday afternoon, the slow-moving lava move, which has various in pace over the previous few days, was nonetheless round 800 metres (half a mile) from the coast.

Residents have been warned to remain dwelling because of ‘the likelihood that there shall be a small shock when the magma enters the seawater, and that this small shock causes vapours which could be poisonous,’ confused Miguel Angel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca). 

Experts say the entry of lava into the seawater might trigger explosions sounding like gunshots and a fragmentation of the molten rock.

‘Inhalation or contact with acid gases and liquids can irritate the pores and skin, eyes and respiratory tract, and should trigger respiration difficulties, particularly in individuals with pre-existing respiratory ailments,’ Involcan warned. 

A state of pure catastrophe has been declared on the island.

A plume of ash and steam rising from the Cumbre Vieja eruption creates cloud patterns within the sky over La Palma on Tuesday morning

A person within the capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma sweeps ash off the streets which has been raining down from the Cumbre Vieja eruption since final week

A lady carries an umbrella by way of the streets of Santa Cruz de la Palma to cease herself getting lined in ash from the erupting volcano

Houses are seen surrounded by molten rock from La Palma’s volcano, which has destroyed some 589 buildings over the past 9 days

The authorities on Tuesday launched 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million) in help for victims of the eruption, specifically to purchase housing for these whose properties have been engulfed in lava.

The eruption has pressured the evacuation of greater than 6,000 individuals from their properties however has not killed or injured anybody.

The lava move has destroyed a number of roads, with the Canaries regional head Angel Victor Torres estimating final week that the harm to land and property would exceed 400 million euros.

Since it erupted, the volcano has been spewing enormous columns of smoke and ash reaching a number of hundred metres excessive, disrupting air visitors.

Domestic flights have been cancelled on Friday and the airport was closed the next day.

The airport has since reopened however flights stay suspended.

Experts estimate the eruption might final for a number of weeks, and even months.

Like different islands within the archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa, La Palma depends primarily on the cultivation of bananas and tourism.