Spanish Volcanic Eruption Continues

The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma spewed a new stream of lava into the air on Saturday (23/10) morning.

The volcanic activity, which began on September 19, has shown no signs of abating. At least 7,500 people have been evacuated from the affected areas.

Other La Palma residents are outside a special zone set up by the authorities. La Palma has a population of 85,000.

The eruption has caused the destruction of more than 1,100 homes and industrial buildings, as well as agriculture in the western part of the island. Tourism and agriculture, including banana plantations, are the island’s main sources of income.

The Spanish government has pledged millions of dollars in aid for rebuilding.

The previous La Palma eruption 50 years ago lasted more than three weeks.

Scientists say volcanic activity at La Palma could continue for up to three months.

The island is part of the Canary Islands in northwest Africa. [vm/ft]

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