'Lava bomb' spewed from La Palma volcano hurtles down hill as eruption continues

A “lava bomb” rolled down the slope at high speed from the volcano Cumbre Vieja on La Palma, which continues to erupt after more than five weeks and destroy hundreds of buildings

The “lava bomb” races down the slope at high speed (

Image: HARRI GEIGER via REUTERS)

A large molten lava bomb was filmed in the Canary Islands falling down the slope after being thrown from the erupting volcano.

The glowing piece of lava could be seen in the amazing shots of La Palma as it rolled down the side of the volcano at high speed before coming to a standstill.

The eruptions of the Cumbre Vieja volcano continued to illuminate the sky on Friday evening with no end in sight. So far around 2,000 buildings have been destroyed and 7,000 people have been evacuated.

In the past few days, the lava flows have become more fluid and the route labeled “number three” is currently the most worrying as it leads to the coastal villages of La Bombilla and Puerto Naos.

The “lava bomb” was spat by the Cumbre Vieja volcano
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HARRI GEIGER about REUTERS)

Maria Jose Blanco, director of Spain’s National Geographic Institute in the Canary Islands, said the volcano is erupting “furiously” at the moment rather than showing signs of slowing.

Distance number three had been covered around 900 meters in the last 24 hours, said Ms. Blanco and covered land that had not previously been affected by the lava flow.

It is forcing some of those who have not yet been evacuated from the surrounding villages to leave their homes.

Volcanologists have studied the lava bomb, name if the lava balls are larger than 64mm, and a video that went viral shows the inside is still scorching hot.

The eruptions of the Cumbre Vieja volcano continue to illuminate the sky with no end in sight
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Miguel Calero / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock)

The rock section made by the German scientist Harri Geiger has now been shot over 356,000 times.

The volcano has been erupting for more than five weeks and earthquakes continue to occur regularly on La Palma.

An earthquake was felt up to 60 miles away in other parts of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off northwest Africa, on Tuesday.

The lava flows cover over 900 acres of mostly farmland, while a major stream extends the island into the Atlantic as it cools.

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