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The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano seen from space | Digital Trends Spanish

On Sunday, September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on the island of La Palma, in Spain. That day the inhabitants of the area had to evacuate due to the river of lava that arose from the explosion and that has consumed hundreds of homes.

A few days ago, the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain published a video filmed by a drone that showed the destruction caused by the lava.

Now we have seen what the explosion looks like from space.

Thomas Pesquet, the European Space Agency astronaut, shared an image on his Twitter account showing what the devastation looks like from the International Space Station.

The volcano of #The Palm erupting. The orange glow of the lava, in contrast to the blackness of the Atlantic Ocean, is even more impressive. The glow of the lava seems too close to the glow of the city lights. #MissionAlpha

& mdash; Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) September 22, 2021

“The orange glow of the Atlantic Ocean is even more impressive,” Pesquet wrote in a tweet.

Satellites have also recorded smoke and lava from Cumbre Vieja. New high-resolution images taken by a satellite from Earth observation company Maxar Technologies show the geyser in the volcano’s lava.

Scientists from around the world continue to closely monitor the ongoing eruption, Cumbre Vieja’s first since 1971. They anticipate the effects that the rest of the planet could feel due to the large plumes of smoke and ash spewing from the massif and spreading through the earth’s atmosphere.

According to the European Union’s Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS), smoke rich in sulfur dioxide will continue to spread northwest over Morocco, Algeria and the rest of the Mediterranean region.

CAMS Principal Scientist Mark Parringron noted that the effects of the sulfur dioxide plume on climate and air pollution levels in the soil will likely be negligible.

“Most of the sulfur dioxide emitted is much higher in the atmosphere, especially as you move away from the source,” Parrington noted. “It may only be visible as a slight haze in the sky.”

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