Lava ejected during the 2021 Cumbre Vieja eruption was unusually fluid

Researchers at Mainz University determine that the lava from the recent volcanic eruption on La Palma was particularly low in viscosity

Cumbre Vieja lava fountain on 18 November 2021
Cumbre Vieja lava fountain on 18 November 2021

28 June 2022

The Cumbre Vieja eruption in 2021 was the most protracted and disruptive volcanic eruption in the recent history of the Canary Island of La Palma. More than 1,600 structures, including about 1,300 residential buildings, were destroyed or damaged. Pictures of lava flowing through settlements and out into the sea were seen around the world. Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have now established that one of the reasons the destruction was so devastating was that the lava ejected during the eruption was exceptionally low in viscosity, causing it to flow very rapidly. ...

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