Buildings were engulfed by magma on Saturday in La Palma, Canary islands as the Cumbre Vieja volcano still spews lava since it erupted on 19 September 2021.
Inhabitants from most part of the 708.3 square kilometer island, the side where the slow-moving lava flows, had been evacuated.
LA PALMA, CANARY ISLANDS — The fissure eruption of Cumbre Vieja, one of the most active volcanic regions in the archipelago, started with an earthquake swarm on 11 September 2021. The eruptions followed on the 19th of the same month where a series of lightning flashes was said to have caused its magnified intensity.
“During the early morning new flows have caused more destruction of properties. Helplessness and pain in the face of so much damage,” Anselmo Pestana, the Spanish government representative in the Canary Islands, posted on social media.
There was also a series of 37 seismic movements on Saturday, with the largest measuring 4.1, the Spanish National Geological Institute said.
Since the volcano began erupting, it has destroyed nearly 1,150 buildings and engulfed 480 hectares (1,190 acres) of land, the European Commission Copernicus Emergency Management Service tweeted on Saturday.
About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants. However, the eruption is gaining tourists who take their selfies with the erupting volcano behind them.
La Palma’s airport reopened on Saturday after closing due to ashfall since Thursday. Airlines headed to the Canary Islands are advised to load extra fuel in case planes had to change course or delay landing because of ash, according to a spokesman for Enaire.
The Canary Islands is a Spanish archipelago off the coast of Africa. (HMP/Headline PH)