Wed. Aug 10th, 2022

Burning hot boulders the size of three-story buildings have flowed down the side of a volcano in the Canary Islands as a series of quakes shook the earth three weeks after it erupted.

The accompanying burning magma river, which reached temperatures of up to 1.240C (2.264F), also destroyed the last few properties left in the village of Todoque on The palm tree, according to researchers.

About 21 quakes were also recorded on Sunday, the largest of 3.8 shaking the earth in the villages of Mazo, Fuencaliente and El Paso.

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Lava engulfs wood as it floats past the house

To explain the recent activity, Spain’s National Security Department wrote on Twitter: “The collapse of the volcano’s northern flank has caused the release of large blocks of material and the emergence of new currents flowing through areas already evacuated.”

Lava flows have so far destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption on September 19, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said.

It has also engulfed more than 1,200 acres (493 acres) of land.

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on the island, which has about 83,000 inhabitants, who mainly earn their living from fruit farming and tourism.

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Lightning was seen near the eruption over the weekend.

A scientific study published in 2016 found that this could be produced during volcanic eruptions because the collision of ash particles created an electric charge.

La Palma, which is about 35 kilometers long and 20 kilometers wide at its widest point, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwestern Africa that is part of Spanish territory.

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