Photo shows one house miraculously unaffected by volcano eruption in the Canary Islands that scorched everything around it

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an arrow points to a house surrounded by earth scorched by the lava from the Cumbre Vieja violcano eruption on La Palma island
Lava flows surrounded a house following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park at El Paso, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain September 23, 2021. Ramon de la Rocha/Pool via REUTERS
  • A house improbably escaped a blast from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on a Spanish island.

  • The eruption, which started on Sunday, has devastated the Canary Island of La Palma.

  • The couple who own the house only learned from the picture that it survived.

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A house improbably escaped being scorched by lava from the devastating eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

A picture shows that the house narrowly escaped the ravage of lava coming from the Cumbre Vieja volcano which began erupting on Sunday.

Some Spanish people tweeted to describe is as "la casa milagro" or "the miracle house."

A house in the La Palma, Spain, stands alone in the side of a mountain surrounded by scorch marks.
Lava flows surrounded a house following the eruption of a volcano in the Cumbre Vieja national park at El Paso, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain September 23, 2021. Ramon de la Rocha/Pool/Reuters

The Danish couple who own the house discovered it had survived the ravage thanks to the picture that was shared on social media, according Spain's El Mundo newspaper.

Others were not so lucky. Footage, like in the tweets below, showed the slow-moving lava engulfing whole houses, swimming pools, as it crept down the hill of the island.

The authorities were prepared for the event and had evacuated about 7,000 people from the area, per Sky News, and there have been no injuries related to the eruption.

The lava first moved down the hill at about 2,300 ft per hour but has slowed to about 13 ft per hour, per Sky News.

As it has slowed, the lava flows grew taller, reaching heights of up to 50ft in places, Sky said.

Authorities are now warning that the lava is heading towards the sea. In anticipation, shipping in the area has been closed down to avoid any toxic gases which may be produced when the lava hits the sea, Germany's Deutsche Welle network said.

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