By chance we took out fire / flood / vandalism / etc insurance on our place a week or so before the eruption started. The insurance company didn’t want to touch our observatories so we were going to check for specialist companies when back in the UK.
It is possible to insure almost anything against almost anything if you are prepared to pay the premium.
I have found it majestic and hypnotic but not, perhaps strangely, scary. That’s the case whether watching live or over the net.
Last night (i,e. 24 hours after the above posts) it became markedly more explosive with enormous lumps of lava being thrown a hundred metres or more into the air. It was hard to judge scale but some of those pieces must have been well over a metre in diameter and so weighing several tonnes each. I was also watching what started out as a very minor effusive vent become much bigger and explosive.
I was having a quick look at the Canary Islands live feed this evening and for a while it was just the odd red glow and then suddenly the whole screen lit up. I’ve attached a screenshot. I’m glad I don’t have an observatory on La Palma – scary stuff!
If you watch the video feed for long enough you will find that at some times that happens about once a minute. Sometimes the vents do little but leak gently; sometimes they explode and send material hundreds of metres into the air.
Note that the side of the cone has collapsed. I watched much of that happening in real time.
All rather interesting as long as you are at a safe distance.