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Spain's La Palma volcano erupting without end four weeks on

Lava was streaming down the slopes of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma island on Sunday, four weeks since its eruption began.

Street cleaners were busy on Sunday trying to remove accumulated ash from the streets. Locals were also trying to keep their businesses clean by constantly wiping tables and sweeping the floors. 

Streams of lava have already laid waste to nearly 600 hectares of land and destroyed about 1,500 houses and other buildings, including a cement plant that gave off toxic fumes earlier in the week.

The flow has also devoured banana and avocado plantations vital to the island's economy.

Spain's airport operator AENA said La Palma airport remained open but local airline Binter was forced to cancel flights to and from La Palma on Saturday and some on Sunday due to ash cloud from volcano. 

On Saturday evening, long queues of people were seen on the island of Tenerife trying to board a ferry heading to La Palma. 

"It may be that lava reaches my house because it was 250 metres away from my home, said Maciej, a local resident originally from Poland who was returning home from his holidays. "The sadness is immense."

President of the Canary Islands Angel Torres said on Sunday that there was no immediate end in sight to the volcanic eruption, citing the view of scientists.

There were 42 seismic movements on the island on Sunday, the largest of which measured 4.3, according to the Spanish National Geographical Institute.

(Source: Reuters) 
 


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