Canary Islands eruption damaged 1,400 buildings

Buried 656 hectares, 'end does not seem near' says Sanchez

13 October, 17:24

    MADRID - At least 656 hectares of terrain have been buried by lava and over 1,400 buildings damaged or destroyed, according to the EU's Copernicus, by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, one of the Canary Islands.

    The data was elaborated from a satellite image taken Tuesday morning of the eruption, which began on September 19.

    On the map provided by Copernicus, it can be seen that between Sunday and Tuesday the most active lava flow - north of the main one - had progressed towards previously untouched areas.

    As a result of that advance, on Tuesday the authorities issued an evacuation order for about 700-800 people, in addition to those concerning the approximately 6,000 already displaced since the eruption began.

    "Unfortunately, the news that we are getting from the scientific committee is that the activities of the volcano will not stop and it does not seem that they will be reduced in the next few days," Spain's prime minister Pedro Sanchez said from La Palma, where we was on a visit for the fourth time since the eruption began.

    " I have to ask for something that I know is very difficult, after the days and especially nights that many inhabitants of La Palma have suffered, and that is patience," Sanchez said in his statement, which ended without leaving time for journalist questions.

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