Saskatoon – Since September 19, plumes of smoke and rivers of bright red lava have been erupting from a volcano on Spain’s La Palma island, slowly turning the area into destroyed homes and abandoned neighborhoods.
Since the first eruption, lava and ash have covered or destroyed 1,100 buildings, including homes, farms, swimming pools and at least an entire industrial park. The lives of thousands of residents of La Palma have come to a standstill.
The following photos show the devastation progress of the volcano since its eruption in September 2021.
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On Sunday, September 19, 2021, lava began to flow from a volcanic eruption near El Paso on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, which is northwest off the coast of Africa. (Europa Press via AP)
Lava from a volcanic eruption covered and destroyed homes on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Tuesday, September 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenati)
Police officers and municipal workers watch as lava from the flow of a volcanic eruption on the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. A volcanic eruption and its aftermath on a Spanish island can last up to 84 days, according to calculations by the Canary Islands Volcanoes Institute, which are based on the length of past eruptions on the archipelago. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A lava flow from a volcano on the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain is seen in the early hours of Tuesday, September 28, 2021. (AP photo/Saul Santos)
On Wednesday, September 29, 2021, lava from a volcano that erupted on Spain’s Canary Islands on September 19 finally reached the Atlantic Ocean after eroding hundreds of homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. (AP Photo/Saul Santos)
Ash covers a house, car and garden, in the background of which a volcano erupts on the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain, Monday, October 4, 2021. (AP photo/Saul Santos)
In this satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies, lava can be seen entering the ocean from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, Spain, on October 7, 2021. (Satellite Image 2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)
People watch a volcano spewing lava on the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain, Saturday, October 9, 2021. (AP photo/Daniel Roca)
A new satellite view from the European Space Agency on Sunday October 10 shows a lava river from a volcano over La Palma, Spain. (European Space Agency, captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite)
A close-up view of the crater of the volcano in La Palma, Spain on Sunday, October 10, 2021. (AP photo/Daniel Roca)