Spain’s La Palma volcano continues to wreak havoc more than 2 months after

Further up the mountain on the west side of the island, just off the African coast, lava continues to threaten the remaining buildings in the town of La Laguna, which was evacuated more than a month ago.

The town’s church is just one kilometer (about 0.6 mile) from the widest lava flow, advancing towards the Atlantic Ocean, according to a map released by the Volcanoes Crisis Committee on Tuesday. of the Government of the Canary Islands.

The eruptions started on September 19 and have not stopped since.

Lava flows from a volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain on Tuesday, November 30.
A house, destroyed by lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, is seen on Tuesday on the Canary Island of La Palma.

Lava has already reached the Atlantic at two places on the island’s west coast, falling from the cliffs into the ocean and then adding to the shoreline with a total of 48 hectares (about 118 acres) of lava discharge, the committee said.

But he erased a lot more. The lava destroyed 1,134 hectares (approximately 2,800 acres), one-third of which was farmland. The flow devoured banana and avocado plantations vital to the island’s economy.

It also destroyed more than 1,200 homes and 300 other buildings, the committee said.

Over 6,000 people have been displaced on the island with a population of around 80,000.

La Palma is one of the smallest of the Spanish Canary Islands, located off the west coast of Morocco.