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A fissure is seen next to an ash-covered house on the Canary island of La Palma, Spain, Wednesday, December 1, 2021. A fissure that volcanologists believe spewed a lava flow. The lava left a hole in front of the house whose bottom floor was completely covered by a mountain of ash. A new lava flow from a volcano in Spain’s La Palma on Wednesday threatened to engulf a parish church that so far has survived an eruption that has shown no sign of abating for its tenth week. (AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti)

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) – A new lava river from a volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma on Wednesday threatened to engulf a parish church that has survived the eruption. The movement showed no signs of abating after 10 weeks.

The closest lava flow to the church of Los Llanos de Aridane has slowed since it began over the weekend but it is still only 1 km (0.6 miles) away.

Molten rock from the September 19 eruption on La Palma, part of Spain’s Canary Islands, consumed more than 1,500 buildings and covered more than 1,130 hectares (2,800 acres) including banana farms , the island’s main source of income along with tourism.

A nearby cemetery was completely covered, burying the remains of 3,000 people for a second time. A fissure that volcanologists believe spewed a stream of lava also left a hole in front of a house whose bottom floor was completely covered by a mountain of ash.

Noelia García, the mayor of Los Llanos de Aridane, told Canary Islands Television: “The lava that flows largely on top of previous flows has hardened. “But we wouldn’t dare make predictions (about its path).”

The volcano is active and seismic activity in the area has increased in recent days. Spain’s National Geographic Institute has registered 341 earthquakes in the last 24 hours.

Thousands of residents were displaced by the eruption, which did not kill any member of the westernmost member of the archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa.

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