Red-hot lava from the volcano that has been plaguing the Canary Island of La Palma for a week and a half, reached the Atlantic Ocean late last night. On the way to sea, the lava destroyed roads, buildings and crops.
Television footage showed white steam rising from the shoreline at Playa Nueva, where the lava flowed into the sea.
Experts previously warned of possible explosions and release of toxic gases if the lava reached the sea. Thousands of people had therefore been evacuated before the lava reached the sea. Three coastal villages were closed.
Yesterday, the Spanish government declared La Palma a disaster area because of the volcanic eruption. This will make emergency subsidies and other support measures available. The first aid package has a value of 10.5 million euros.