First Death Tied to Cumbre Vieja Volcano Reported on La Palma

Nearly two months after it began erupting, the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma claimed its first life on Friday, November 11, with authorities reported to suspect the dead man may have fallen through the roof of an ash-covered building.

The man went missing on Friday after being part of a contingent authorized to visit their homes to feed animals and clean accumulated ash, local media reported.

Since eruptions began on September 19, lava flows have covered nearly 1,019 hectares (roughly 3.93 square miles) as of November 12, according to the European Union’s Copernicus satellite program.

This footage, released by the Canary Islands Volcanology Institute (INVOLCAN) on Saturday, shows lava flows in a coastal area of La Palma. Credit: INVOLCAN via Storyful

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