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Six new vents rip open on erupting Canary Islands volcano sending lava towards unspoiled land

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Six new vents have torn open on the erupting volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma.

New rivers of molten lava have emerged from the vents on the Cumbre Vieja volcano that has been erupting since September 19.

These new vents are expanding the lava flow and could threaten to widen the damage to evacuated land, roads and homes.

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

Over the last ten weeks, 11 different lava flows have been identified by experts – covering around 2,700 acres of land.

Six new lava vents have opened up on La Palma’s continuing volcanic eruption (Reuters)
Since the eruption started, 11 deparate lava flows have been recorded by scientists (Reuters)
The Cumbre Vieja volcano has been erupting since September (Reuters)

Homes, infrastructure and the island’s economically important banana plantations have been destroyed.

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.

Residents have been evacuated by authorities (Reuters)
The lava of the Cumbre Vieja volcano approaching the houses of Tajuya (Reuters)
Lava flows are moving at a speed of 20 feet per minute (Reuters)

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.

The eruption seen from Tajuya, on the Canary Island of La Palma (Reuters)
The central cone of the Cumbre Vieja volcano with traces of sulphur (Reuters)
Volunteers have been working to help fight against the effects of the eruption (Reuters)

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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