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La Palma volcano football-sized balls explode as lava enters the air.

La Palma Volcano

The volcano erupted on the Spanish island of La Palma off the northwest coast of Africa, sending football-sized lava into the air as it continued to erupt for several days last week.

The Kennedy Islands Volcano Institute showed images of lava balls, which he called “volcanic bombs,” thrown hundreds of meters away from the crater.

Two weeks ago, the volcano first erupted on the Cumberland Vijay Ridge, but last week it subsided for several days. Now, volcanic activity has picked up again, and has become more explosive as the volcano erupted again on October 1.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

La Palma volcano.
A new wave of highly liquid lava erupted from a volcano that erupted in Spain’s Canary Islands on October 1, officials said, adding that a huge magma shelf is running over the Atlantic Ocean. The Cambridge Vega volcano, photographed from Los Lalanos de Arden, erupts lava, ash and smoke on the Canary Islands of La Palma on October 4.
George Guerrero / AFP via Getty Images

La Palma officials said Monday they were tightening their control over an erupting volcano, when part of the crater collapsed and released a cascade of more liquid and fast-moving lava.

Maria Jose Blanco, director of the National Geographic Institute on the Canary Islands, said the crater was like a dam. When part of its wall collapsed, a volcanic molten rock came out of a “lava lake” inside.

More liquid lava moves like a previous molten rock that has now hardened, filling the void and spreading to the surrounding countryside.

The lava river is now 1,250 meters (4,100 feet) wider than Sunday – 300 meters (1,000 feet) wide, when the crater partially broke.

The quake also shook the islands on Monday, although officials said they were deep underground and new cracks were not expected.

According to Miguel Angel Morkonde of the area, the lava-covered area has grown to more than 413 hectares (1,020 acres) and the new rock shelf on the coast where the lava meets the Atlantic Ocean now covers about 33 hectares (about 80 to 80 acres). Covers. Volcano Emergency Department

“It’s not over yet, we don’t even know how long it’s left,” Angel Victor Torres, regional president of the Canary Islands, told public broadcaster RTVE. “We are in the hands of nature.”

Much of La Palma, home to about 85,000 people, was unaffected by the eruption. The rapid evacuation helped avoid casualties from the blast.

But the lava is causing significant damage to property, public infrastructure and farms.

It has so far partially or completely destroyed more than a thousand buildings, mostly houses, about 35 km (about 20 miles) of roads. United Europe Satellite Monitoring Agency

Local authorities prepared to distribute drinking water to homes after public supply pipes were broken by lava flows.

The Volcano Emergency Committee ordered emergency workers and scientists to withdraw from the area around the volcano due to poor air quality.

La Palma
The lava erupting from new routes in the Cumberland Vijaya volcano range has so far destroyed more than 900 buildings and displaced about 6,000 people. Lava flows from a volcano on the Canary Islands of La Palma, Spain, on October 4.
Daniel Roka / AP Photo