Scientists Collect Water Samples Near New Headland Off La Palma

Scientists collected samples of the water around La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, on September 30, to test its temperature and chemistry after lava reached the ocean the day before.

This video posted by Salvamento Marítimo, Spain’s sea search and rescue agency, shows scientists collecting samples near a new headland that lava began creating as it reached the sea on September 29.

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.

Media estimates of the new land’s area vary from 10 hectares (25 acres) to 17 hectares (42 acres) so far. Credit: Salvamento Marítimo via Storyful

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