LA PALMA ERUPTION

La Palma eruption: drone footage shows lava flow intensifying

Night-time images captured by drone footage of the Cumbre Vieja eruption show the volcano's beauty and devastating power.

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Following the partial collapse of the Cumbre Vieja volcano's cone on Saturday, a new river of lava has been streaming towards the sea, devouring banana and avocado plantations and most of the remaining houses in the town of Todoque.

Torrents of molten rock have destroyed 1,186 buildings in the three weeks since the eruption, 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.

Editing: Santi Castañeda