La Palma volcano engulfs more houses

The volcano on the island of La Palma first erupted on September 19 and has been active ever since, showing no sign of abating, experts say.

La Palma local authorities said on Monday (November 29) the lava stream has engulfed 1,115 hectares (2,780 acres) of land so far and the eruption had damaged or destroyed nearly 2,700 buildings, forcing the evacuation of thousands from their homes on the island.

The Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (INVOLCAN) said a new vent had opened overnight on the volcano triggering a new lava stream and sending huge clouds of smoke into the sky.

The Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) said the new lava stream emerged from the northwest of the volcanic cone. It is now flowing more slowly and is expected to join the lava stream near La Laguna mountain.

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