Thu. May 19th, 2022

At least four buildings on the Spanish island of La Palma have been destroyed by the floating lava from a nearby volcano, according to witnesses.

The drama of the red-hot eruption in the Canary Islands was intensified by the lightning strikes.

The village of Callejon de la Gata was where magma lava flowed Saturday morning local time.

There was a series of 37 seismic motions, with the largest measuring magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale, said the Spanish National Geological Institute.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting on September 19th.

It has destroyed more than 800 buildings and forced the evacuation of about 6,000 people from their homes on the island.

A fireman ir orange looks at a burning volcano in the distance at night.
Rescue services have evacuated residents near the Cumbre Vieja volcano.(

AFP: Spanish military contingency unit

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La Palma, with a population of about 83,000, is one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

A study published in 2016 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that lightning can be generated during volcanic eruptions because collisions of ash particles create an electric charge.

The lava from the volcano has engulfed over 150 hectares of agricultural land.

A volcano burns in the distance at dawn, with billowing smoke in the air
The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to burn on the Canary Island of La Palma.(

Reuters: Juan Medina

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It is mostly used for growing bananas, which is one of the most important crops on the island.

La Palma airport has been closed since Thursday due to ash, Spanish airline operator Aena said.

But the other airports in the archipelago remained open.

The volcanic Canary Islands are located off the northwest coast of Africa.

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