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Volcanic lava in Spain’s La Palma engulfs more houses


LA PALMA, Spain, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Buildings close to the volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma have been engulfed by rivers of lava early on Saturday, with the drama of the red-hot eruption intensified by the spectacle of flashes of lightning.

The magma destroyed at the very least 4 buildings in the village of Callejon de la Gata, Reuters witnesses stated.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano started erupting on Sept. 19 and has destroyed more than 800 buildings and compelled the evacuation of about 6,000 individuals from their houses on the island. La Palma, with a inhabitants of about 83,000, is without doubt one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.

Lightning flashes have been seen close to the eruption early on Saturday. A examine revealed in 2016 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters discovered lightning may be produced throughout volcanic eruptions as a result of the collision of ash particles creates {an electrical} cost.

The lava from the volcano has engulfed over 150 hectares (370 acres) of farm land, most of it used for the cultivation of bananas which can be one of many primary crops on the island.

La Palma’s airport has been closed since Thursday due to ash, Spanish air visitors operator Aena (AENA.MC) stated. learn more

Reporting by Silvio Castellanos, Juan Medina, Graham Keeley
Editing by Frances Kerry

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Lava burns buildings following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in Tacande, Spain, October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma, as seen from Tacande, Spain, October 9, 2021. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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