La Palma Volcano Roars as Volcanic Explosions Intensify

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Spain's La Palma experienced intensified volcanic explosions, Friday, September 24, which forced firefighters to retreat and authorities to evacuate three more towns, while airlines canceled flights because of a huge cloud of gas and ash. READ MORE: Officials on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma say the Cumbre Vieja volcano continued to erupt Friday, spewing lava and ash, and threatening the homes and livelihoods of the island's 85,000 residents. Pictures and drone video taken of a single home that was surrounded but spared by the advancing lava have made it a symbol of the natural disaster that began Sunday. The Associated Press, citing a European Union monitoring agency, reports nearly 400 buildings have been destroyed by the advancing lava flow, including homes, businesses and banana plantations. The manager of the island's banana producer's association, Sergio Caceres, told the Reuters news service about 15% of La Palma's 140-million-kilogram annual banana crop could be at risk if farmers are unable to access plantations. LINK:
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