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The Canary Islands are covered by a flame

August 2 2009
13:42

At one of the Canary Islands - La Palma - because of strong forest fires was conducted emergency evacuation of local residents and tourists. From the blazing areas were taken about 4 thousand people. Authorities fear that the fire could reach the world's largest telescope.

La Palma - the greenest of the Canary Islands. Extinguish the flames about 500 firefighters aided by two military aircraft and six helicopters. However, the work of firefighters complicate the strong wind and high temperatures.

On this island, at an altitude of more than 2 thousand meters is the most powerful optical telescope, which is estimated at 104 million euros. Diameter of the mirror he is 10.4 meters. Authorities have already expressed concern for the safety of the device.

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