Dense Clouds of Gas and Water Vapor Rise From La Palma Lava Delta

Columns of gas and water vapor rose from the increasing lava delta on the Spanish island of La Palma, as seen in footage released November 12.

The footage, released by Spain’s National Geographic Institute, shows the columns of gas, which rise as lava comes in contact with the sea.

The volcano has been erupting continuously since September 19, covering nearly 1,000 hectares (roughly 3.85 square miles) with lava, according to imagery analyzed by the European Union’s Copernicus satellite program. Scientists with Copernicus determined that volcanic activity claimed 2,605 buildings on La Palma as of the morning of November 9. Credit: IGN-CNIG via Storyful

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