'The Island Grows': New Headland Forms as Lava Reaches Sea Off La Palma

A new headland has been forming on the Spanish island of La Palma as lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano reaches the Atlantic Ocean.

Spain’s Guardia Civil police force warned people within around two miles (3.5 km) of the site to stay in their homes “given the possibility of harmful gas” as the molten lava hit the water.

Involcan said on September 27 that the lava and seawater would combine to create “water vapor loaded with hydrochloric acid.” The dangers presented by such gas, including skin irritation and breathing difficulties, would be “very local,” it added.

La Provincia reported that the new land was around 10 hectares in area. Credit: IPNA-CSIC via Storyful

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