A church tower in La Palma, Canary Islands, collapsed yesterday with the arrival of lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano. The building is located in the Todoque neighborhood, where around 1,200 people lived. The site was one of the first affected by the eight-day volcanic eruption.
RTVC, the local broadcaster, reported that the lava flowed at around 100 m/h. This would be the second time current fire had crossed the site since the volcano erupted. Images from the moment the church collapsed are circulating on social media.
Before the lava arrived, the institution’s priest removed all the images from the site, according to Correo. The region that the lava reached has a core of activities in the city and, therefore, has other important properties, such as the neighbors association and a doctor’s office.
Experts say that Cumbre Vieja has entered an explosive new phase.
“Volcano tracking measures taken since the beginning of the eruption have recorded the highest energy activity so far during Friday afternoon,” emergency services said in a statement late Friday (24th).