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La Palma volcano engulfs island

Joanne Parkinson

30th September 2021

Since the 19th September, the volcano on La Palma has continued to erupt; causing damage to homes, agricultural land and forcing locals to evacuate. The volcano continues to remain active.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano which last erupted in 1971 has sent lava flows across the island which has destroyed numerous villages and forced 6000 people to evacuate.

It took ten days for the lava glow to reach the sea and during that time its route has destroyed a number of villages and precious agricultural land, which the locals rely on for a livelihood.

The last eruption on the island in 1971 lasted for three weeks. The current eruption, which did start to reduce in severity, has increased once again, so scientists worry about the long-term impacts of this current event.

For more on this story check out the BBC report.


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