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Blocks of molten lava as large as three-storey buildings rolled down a hillside on the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday while a series of tremors shook the ground three weeks after the volcano erupted.

There were 21 seismic movements on Sunday, with the largest measuring 3.8, the Spanish National Geological Institute (ING) said, shaking the ground in the villages of Mazo, Fuencaliente and El Paso. 

The release of large blocks of lava and formation of new lava streams down the ridge of the Cumbre Vieja volcano was caused by the northern side of the volcanic cone collapsing in on itself on Saturday.  

The blocks of red-hot magma flowing down the side of the volcano on Sunday were the size of three-storey buildings, the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining said.

From Monday, members of the Spanish Navy will help clean volcanic ash that covers large parts of the island, Defence Minister Margarita Robles said during a visit on Sunday.

Blocks of molten lava as large as three-storey buildings rolled down a hillside on the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday while a series of tremors shook the ground three weeks after the volcano erupted. Pictured: One of the eruptive mouths of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Sunday

Blocks of molten lava as large as three-storey buildings rolled down a hillside on the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday while a series of tremors shook the ground three weeks after the volcano erupted. Pictured: One of the eruptive mouths of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Sunday

Blocks of molten lava as large as three-storey buildings rolled down a hillside on the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday while a series of tremors shook the ground three weeks after the volcano erupted. Pictured: One of the eruptive mouths of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Sunday

The blocks of red-hot magma flowing down the side of the volcano on Sunday were the size of three-storey buildings, the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining said. Pictured: The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday

The blocks of red-hot magma flowing down the side of the volcano on Sunday were the size of three-storey buildings, the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining said. Pictured: The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday

The blocks of red-hot magma flowing down the side of the volcano on Sunday were the size of three-storey buildings, the Spanish Institute of Geology and Mining said. Pictured: The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to erupt on the Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday

The release of large blocks of lava and formation of new lava streams down the ridge of the Cumbre Vieja volcano was caused by the northern side of the volcanic cone collapsing in on itself on Saturday (pictured)

The release of large blocks of lava and formation of new lava streams down the ridge of the Cumbre Vieja volcano was caused by the northern side of the volcanic cone collapsing in on itself on Saturday (pictured)

The release of large blocks of lava and formation of new lava streams down the ridge of the Cumbre Vieja volcano was caused by the northern side of the volcanic cone collapsing in on itself on Saturday (pictured)

From Monday, members of the Spanish Navy will help clean volcanic ash that covers large parts of the island, Defence Minister Margarita Robles said during a visit on Sunday

From Monday, members of the Spanish Navy will help clean volcanic ash that covers large parts of the island, Defence Minister Margarita Robles said during a visit on Sunday

From Monday, members of the Spanish Navy will help clean volcanic ash that covers large parts of the island, Defence Minister Margarita Robles said during a visit on Sunday

The lava flow, with temperatures of up to 2,264 degrees Fahrenheit (1,240 degrees Celsius), destroyed the last few buildings that remained standing in the village of Todoque, the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said on Twitter

The lava flow, with temperatures of up to 2,264 degrees Fahrenheit (1,240 degrees Celsius), destroyed the last few buildings that remained standing in the village of Todoque, the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said on Twitter

The lava flow, with temperatures of up to 2,264 degrees Fahrenheit (1,240 degrees Celsius), destroyed the last few buildings that remained standing in the village of Todoque, the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said on Twitter

The lava flow, with temperatures of up to 2,264 degrees Fahrenheit (1,240 degrees Celsius), destroyed the last few buildings that remained standing in the village of Todoque, the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute said on Twitter.

Over 1,000 buildings have already been engulfed or badly damaged by the streams of molten rock.  

There was a partial cone collapse near the volcano’s emission vent on Saturday, Stavros Meletlidis, a spokesman for ING said. It led to the formation of a new lava stream which followed a similar path down the volcano’s ridge toward the western shore of the island to the ocean. 

‘The collapse of the northern flank of the Cumbre Vieja volcano has caused the release of large blocks of material and the appearance of new flows that run through areas already evacuated,’ tweeted Spain’s National Security Department.

‘The lava has reached the Camino de la Gata industrial estate and new buildings.’ 

Police let residents whose homes could now be in danger make trips to save what they could. Trucks entered the exclusion zone empty Saturday and left with mattresses, furniture and other belongings. 

Over 1,000 buildings have already been engulfed or badly damaged by the streams of molten rock

Over 1,000 buildings have already been engulfed or badly damaged by the streams of molten rock

Over 1,000 buildings have already been engulfed or badly damaged by the streams of molten rock

There was a partial cone collapse near the volcano's emission vent on Saturday, Stavros Meletlidis, a spokesman for ING said.

There was a partial cone collapse near the volcano's emission vent on Saturday, Stavros Meletlidis, a spokesman for ING said.

There was a partial cone collapse near the volcano’s emission vent on Saturday, Stavros Meletlidis, a spokesman for ING said.

It led to the formation of a new lava stream which followed a similar path down the volcano's ridge toward the western shore of the island to the ocean

It led to the formation of a new lava stream which followed a similar path down the volcano's ridge toward the western shore of the island to the ocean

It led to the formation of a new lava stream which followed a similar path down the volcano’s ridge toward the western shore of the island to the ocean

Rivers of lava have destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption on September 19, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said

Rivers of lava have destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption on September 19, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said

Rivers of lava have destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption on September 19, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants

Rivers of lava have destroyed 1,186 buildings since the eruption on September 19, the Canary Islands Volcanic Institute said. 

Lava has engulfed 493 hectares (1,218 acres) of land, said Miguel Ãngel Morcuende, technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Emergency Plan (Pevolca) organisation.

About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, which has about 83,000 inhabitants.  

Morcuende said experts were closely watching the delta of new land being formed off the island’s coast since the main lava flow reached the sea last week. 

He said that parts of it could collapse, causing explosions and large waves, but that would not pose a danger since the immediate area is already evacuated. 

Lightning was seen near the eruption early on Saturday. A study published in 2016 by the journal Geophysical Research Letters found lightning can be produced during volcanic eruptions because the collision of ash particles creates an electrical charge.    

La Palma’s airport was operational again after being closed for several days due to volcanic ash.

Morcuende said experts were closely watching the delta of new land being formed off the island's coast since the main lava flow reached the sea last week

Morcuende said experts were closely watching the delta of new land being formed off the island's coast since the main lava flow reached the sea last week

Morcuende said experts were closely watching the delta of new land being formed off the island’s coast since the main lava flow reached the sea last week

The volcano continued to spew out lava on the island of La Palma in the early hours of Sunday

The volcano continued to spew out lava on the island of La Palma in the early hours of Sunday

The volcano continued to spew out lava on the island of La Palma in the early hours of Sunday 

Part of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, causing a new stream of lava that is provoking tremendous destruction and making it harder for the scientists to work in the area

Part of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, causing a new stream of lava that is provoking tremendous destruction and making it harder for the scientists to work in the area

Part of the volcanic cone collapsed on Saturday, causing a new stream of lava that is provoking tremendous destruction and making it harder for the scientists to work in the area

Lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja Volcano on Saturday light up the sky. The numerous lava flows destroyed hundreds of hectares, but also formed peninsulas of volcanic rock, extending the surface of the island

Lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja Volcano on Saturday light up the sky. The numerous lava flows destroyed hundreds of hectares, but also formed peninsulas of volcanic rock, extending the surface of the island

Lava flows from the Cumbre Vieja Volcano on Saturday light up the sky. The numerous lava flows destroyed hundreds of hectares, but also formed peninsulas of volcanic rock, extending the surface of the island

Lava flows after the collapse of a part of the cone of the Cumbre Vieja Volcano emerged in the early hours of Sunday

Lava flows after the collapse of a part of the cone of the Cumbre Vieja Volcano emerged in the early hours of Sunday

Lava flows after the collapse of a part of the cone of the Cumbre Vieja Volcano emerged in the early hours of Sunday

People wait to board a ferry to Tenerife at the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma on Saturday following the eruptions

People wait to board a ferry to Tenerife at the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma on Saturday following the eruptions

People wait to board a ferry to Tenerife at the port of Santa Cruz de la Palma on Saturday following the eruptions 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has pledged to help La Palma rebuild following the disaster, announcing that his government would approve 206 million euros (£176 million) of aid funding next week.

Sanchez said: ‘Next Tuesday, the cabinet will approve a package of very powerful measures [to assist in] areas such as infrastructure reconstruction, water supply, employment, agriculture, tourism and benefits.

‘We are facing a test of resistance … because we do not know when the eruption of the volcano will end.

‘What residents should know is that when it does end, the government of Spain will be there to tackle the enormous task of rebuilding La Palma.’

The financial package is the second stage of a plan approved last week. The first stage saw the government announce aid of 10.5 million euros ($12.3 million) for the immediate assistance of those who had lost their homes.

Sanchez also encouraged tourists who were considering visiting La Palma not to be put off. Tourism is the Canary Islands’ major industry.

‘I would like to let tourists know that this is a safe place, they can come and enjoy the island,’ he said.

People observe as the Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava, ash and smoke, in Los Llanos de Aridane, on Sunday

People observe as the Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava, ash and smoke, in Los Llanos de Aridane, on Sunday

People observe as the Cumbre Vieja volcano spews lava, ash and smoke, in Los Llanos de Aridane, on Sunday

Lava from a volcano reaches the sea on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, pictured on Wednesday September 29, 2021

Lava from a volcano reaches the sea on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, pictured on Wednesday September 29, 2021

Lava from a volcano reaches the sea on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, pictured on Wednesday September 29, 2021 

An aerial view shows a rocky outcrop that extends Spain's La Palma coastline, after lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano poured into the ocean, in this screen grab taken from drone footage

An aerial view shows a rocky outcrop that extends Spain's La Palma coastline, after lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano poured into the ocean, in this screen grab taken from drone footage

An aerial view shows a rocky outcrop that extends Spain’s La Palma coastline, after lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano poured into the ocean, in this screen grab taken from drone footage

The volcano emitted a loud booming noise and lava exploded with force from its crater as it spurted high above the Spanish island on October 4

The volcano emitted a loud booming noise and lava exploded with force from its crater as it spurted high above the Spanish island on October 4

The volcano emitted a loud booming noise and lava exploded with force from its crater as it spurted high above the Spanish island on October 4

Meanwhile Canary Islands’ regional president Angel Victor Torres said on Monday: ‘We had to order a few lockdowns because of the air quality, but we are not planning to evacuate more people.’

Torres said the volcano had emitted roughly three times the material expelled during the island’s last major eruption in 1971, in a quarter of the time.

He added that his administration planned to buy around 300 houses to accommodate those who lost their homes and said it was too early to tell how great the total damage would be.

‘We’re still in the middle of this…if the lava keeps springing up in the same quantities we saw last night, the damage is going to be greater,’ Torres said.    

La Palma, home to about 85,000 people who live mostly from fruit farming and tourism, is part of the volcanic Canary Islands, an archipelago off northwest Africa that is part of Spain’s territory. The island is roughly 22 miles long and 12 miles wide at its broadest point.   

Source: Daily Mail UK

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