The volcanic eruption in La Palma still in progress, the island covered in ash

The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to wreak havoc on the Spanish island of La Palma.

In the town of Todoque, a bell tower, spared until now, eventually succumbed to the hot lava.

A week after the start of the eruption, a large plume of smoke continues to erupt from the volcano, although the pressure inside has dropped in the last few hours, according to the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute.

The fallout from volcanic ash does not pose a risk to public health, local authorities say. The risk areas have been evacuated. No casualties at this stage are to be deplored.

On the other hand, lava destroyed nearly 500 buildings and hundreds of hectares of vegetation, in particular banana plantations, the main economic activity of the island.

La Palma airport reopened on Sunday after 24 hours of closure due to an accumulation of ash. But flights remain suspended pending an improvement in conditions.

La Palma, on the Canary Islands archipelago, had not experienced a volcanic eruption since 1971.

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