Rivers of lava engulf homes as volcanic eruption intensifies and lightning strikes

Buildings near the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma were swallowed by the melted rivers, while the magma in the village of Callejon de la Gata. destroyed at least four buildings

La Palma: volcanic lava engulfs houses on Spanish island

Lava flows flooded houses on La Palma when a volcanic eruption intensified and lightning struck

Buildings near the volcano on the Spanish island were swallowed by melted rivers earlier on Saturday

The magma destroyed at least four buildings in the village of Callejon de la Gata while witnesses were struck by lightning, Reuters said

Anselmo Pestana, the Spanish government representative in the Canary Islands, tweeted: “In the early hours of the morning, new currents have led to more property destruction.

“Helplessness and pain in the face of so much damage”

There were also a series of 37 “seismic movements” on Saturday, the largest measuring 4.1, said the Spanish National Geological Institute.

Part of the volcanic cone collapsed and a new lava flow engulfed buildings
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However, the airport of La Palma was reopened on Saturday after it had been closed for ash on Thursday, said the Spanish air traffic control Aena.

All other airports in the Canary Islands will remain open.

Since the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on September 19, it has destroyed nearly 1,150 buildings and devoured 1,190 hectares of land, the European Commission’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service tweeted.

A woman looks at the Cumbre Vieja volcano during eruption on La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
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Der Spiegel reported on the plight of 500 residents who had to flee their homes three weeks ago.

Officials on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma began evacuating 500 people and animals before huge clouds of smoke rose into the air.

And a lava flow poured into inhabited areas in the south of the island. Authorities ordered the full evacuation of four villages, including El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.

Video footage then showed the impending devastation when lava was torn from five fissures into the slope.

A new lava flow caused great damage and made it difficult for scientists to work in the area
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The Mirror told last month how glowing lava could be seen on all four sides of the single-story property, but instead of engulfing the building, the river had opened up to leave a D-shape around it.

The owner of the house then said the building had finally succumbed to the lava and said, “Everything is destroyed”.

Rainer Cocq said the Spanish newspaper The world from his permanent residence in Denmark: “We have lost everything on our beloved island. It’s very sad. Inge [his wife] and I’m devastated. ”

The volcano Cumbre Vieja spits lava on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain
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In the recent devastation, 6,000 people were evacuated from their homes on the Spanish island, which has a population of around 83,000.

Lightning could be seen near the eruption early Saturday.

A study published in 2016 found that volcanic eruptions can cause lightning
Eruptions because the collision of ash particles creates an electrical charge.

Canary Islands airlines have been advised to load extra fuel in case planes change course or delay landing because of ash, said a spokesman for Enaire, which controls Spanish airspace.

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