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La Palma: The wonder house in the middle of the lava

2021-09-25T17:02:27.830Z

A house stands in the middle of the cooling lava flow: The domicile of a Danish pensioner couple has survived the disaster on the Canary Island - while many of their friends have lost everything.



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Drone shots from La Palma - masses of lava still shoot out of the volcano into the sky and eat their way into the landscape.

Numerous houses and the school in El Paraíso have already been destroyed.

But in the middle of the lava flow, a small sensation: This little house belonging to a Danish pensioner couple was spared.

Surrounded by cooling lava, the domicile, dubbed "Wunderhaus" in social media, survived the last dramatic days.

Many of their friends and neighbors have lost everything - but when the couple, like so many other islanders, will be able to return is uncertain: according to the Canarian volcano research institute Involcan, the eruptions can last three to twelve weeks.

“We have two houses in Las Manchas, close to the cemetery, and we don't know whether they were damaged by the eruption or not.

We do not know it.

We just wanted to clarify it, but heard from the police that it couldn't be done, they cordoned off the area. "

"Let's see if they let us through, we want to get our documents and other things out, because our whole life is in this house and we can't collect 30 years in five minutes."

Meanwhile, the concentration of volcanic gases continues to be monitored.

Although the lava has slowed down significantly and will therefore probably not flow into the sea, where hydrochloric acid could be produced anyhow through contact with water, a sulfur dioxide cloud is expected to spread, which then moves over the island towards the Mediterranean.

The volcano on the island of La Palma in the Atlantic Ocean has been spitting ash, rocks and lava at a temperature of around 1000 degrees since Sunday.

Banana plantations, roads and power lines were also destroyed.

So far there have not been any injuries.

Source: spiegel

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