La Palma Volcano Spews Gas After 5.1-Magnitude Quake Shakes Island

La Palma’s Cumbre Vieja volcano spewed a billowing cloud of gas and ash on November 19, two months after its initial eruption.

Spain’s National Geographic Institute announced that Friday’s volcanic activity included a magnitude-5.1 earthquake, the strongest since eruptions began on September 19.

In the last two months, lava flows have covered more than 1,042 hectares (roughly 4 square miles), and destroyed 2,623 buildings, the European Union’s Copernicus satellite program said.

The volcano claimed its first life last week, when a 72-year-old man fell through the roof of an ash-covered building on La Palma.

This timelapse footage was posted by Twitter user @efadi_LP. Credit: idafe.com via Storyful

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