La Palma volcano warning: Politician wants to BOMB Canary Island to stop lava flows

When in 1935 Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano oozed a stream of molten rock dangerously close to the town of Hilo, the US Army dropped 20 bombs onto the lava.

Although the missions appeared to be a success at the time, scientists have long disputed whether the bombing helped at all.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), it is more than likely the lava stopped after the bombing as a result of pure coincidence.

The USGS said: “Regarding the success or failure of using explosives to influence the 1935 lava flow, our view is that the bombing was carried out as the eruption was already waning.”

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