Spanish Air Force Drops Flower Petals Over La Palma Cemetery on All Saints Day

Lava flow from the Cumbre Vieja volcano’s continued eruptions made the largest cemetery on La Palma inaccessible for residents observing the Catholic feast of All Saints on Monday, November 1.

Footage released by Spain’s Ministry of Defense shows personnel from the Spanish Air Force dropping flower petals over the Las Manchas Cemetery. The cemetery, which had been blanketed in ash by the volcano, was banked by a lava flow nearly 200 meters (approximately 656 feet) away, El Pais reported.

Lava flow had destroyed 2,574 buildings across more than 975 hectares as of Sunday, according to the European Union’s Copernicus satellite program. Credit: Ministerio Defensa via Storyful

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