Thu, 09 Dec 2021

LA PALMA, Canary Islands: Officials in the Canary Islands said there are no signs that the eruption of a volcano, La Cumbre Vieja, on the island of La Palma will end soon, even after a month of lava flows and ash clouds.

Since the volcano first erupted on 19th September, Reuters reports that 2,000 buildings have been destroyed and 7,000 La Palma residents are still unable to return to their homes, while the Associated Press reported that 37 miles of roads remain unusable.

The destructive lava flow from the volcano reached the Atlantic Ocean on 29th September, sending white smoke into the air.

A video taken this weekend showed lava leaping high above the island and, on Sunday, a cloud of ash forced the cancellation of 38 flights at La Palma's airport.

Over the weekend, 42 seismic tremors were detected by authorities, with the largest measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale.

According to Reuters, Canary Islands President ngel Vctor Torres said, "There are no signs that an end of the eruption is imminent, even though this is the greatest desire of everyone."

La Cumbre Vieja's current eruption is its longest on record, exceeding its previous record of three weeks in 1971.

"We are at the mercy of the volcano. It is only one who can decide when this ends," Torres told reporters, according to the Associated Press.

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