Nine weeks of volcanic eruption on La Palma and no end in sight

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For nine weeks, the volcano on the Canary Island of La Palma has been spewing lava, ash and smoke, and an end to the most devastating eruption in the history of the Atlantic island off the west coast of Africa was still not in sight. At the weekend, the wind drove the ash towards the north-east, so that the island’s airport had to shut down operations again, state TV station RTVE reported. On Sunday, too, the island could only be reached by boat. Since the eruption began on September 19, 1,050 hectares have been buried by lava so far, which lies like a dark grey crust on the landscape. Where i…

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