Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

Recently released drone materials show hypnotic images of the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma as it continues to shoot sprays of lava, smoke and ash into the air.

Hundreds of people were evacuated Thursday night as a river of molten rock crept deeper into their town during a prolonged volcanic eruption.

On Friday, two lava flows merged into one.

A total of about 7,500 people have been forced to flee since the volcanic ridge in Cumbre Vieja began erupting more than a month ago.

Researchers say the outbreak could last for three months.

Although most of the island of 85,000 people off northwestern Africa has not been affected by the eruption, part of the western side has seen lava destroy livelihoods and destroy homes.

The molten rock has covered more than 866 acres and crushed or damaged about 2,185 buildings.

Lava flows from a volcano that destroys houses in the La Laguna district on the Canary Island of La Palma
Lava flowed from the volcano and destroyed houses in the La Laguna neighborhood on Thursday.(AP: Saul Santos)

Meanwhile, the economy of La Palma — part of Spain’s Canary Islands — is mainly based on tourism and banana cultivation.

The Spanish government has promised millions of euros to help rebuild damaged infrastructure.

AP

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