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Latest pictures show lava cascading from Cumbre Vieja volcano in Canary Islands

Lava flows as volcano continues to erupt on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain on November 30, 2021 (Credits: AP)

The fearsome eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma shows no signs of letting up.

New pictures show the rivers of lava streaming down the hillside from newly-opened vents in the side of the volcano.

The volcano has been continuously erupting since September 19, causing masses of damage to homes and land and forcing residents to evacuate.

According to Spain’s National Geographic Institute, the lava spewing from the new vents is flowing at 20 feet per minute towards as-yet unspoiled land.

Since the eruption began homes, infrastructure and the island’s economically important banana plantations have been destroyed.

Scientists have identified up to 11 lava vents since the volcano started erupting (Credits: EPA)
A house is photographed in Tajuya next to the lava of the Cumbre Vieja volcano (Reuters)
Lava and ash as seen from Tacande, on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain (Reuters)

As a result, the Spanish government has pledged 225 million euros (£192 million) in aid to help residents of the island.

Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, said financial assistance for housing would be tax-exempt and that taxes on air travel to and from the island, part of the Canaries archipelo off northwest Africa, would be subsidised for a year.

Thankfully, nobody has been killed by the natural disaster as affected residents were evacuated from their homes.

An aerial view of the lava from the volcano near La Laguna neighborhood, on the Canary Island of La Palma (Reuters)
Lava flows destroying banana plantations (Credits: AP)
Lava flows have destroyed over 900 hectares of land on the island (Credits: AP)

Flights have even reopened to the island over the weekend following a week of cancellations due to the amounts of volcanic ash in the air.

The ash itself is toxic and has jagged edges that can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

Despite the risks, volunteers have been working tirelessly to clear roads and uncover buildings. The Spanish Navy has been brought in to help.

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