Spain's volcanic eruption causes 953 mln dollars worth of damage

Source: Xinhua| 2021-12-06 11:13:15|Editor: huaxia

MADRID, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma has cost an estimated 842,33 million euros (953 million U.S. dollars) in damage, according to the regional Treasury Department of the Canary Islands.

The eruption has continued for 11th weeks after it began on Sept. 19, and shows no sign of stopping.

The activity was followed by the opening of a new mouth on the north-east face of the mountain and the formation of another cone emitting lava, ash and gases.

The eruption has covered 1.146 hectares of land on La Palma, accounting for 1.6 percent of the island's total surface area, according to the latest satellite data.

A total of 2,891 buildings have been affected by the lava, with 2,790 totally destroyed, while the lava has created 48.03 hectares of new land where it has flowed into the sea.

The island of La Palma remains open as of Sunday. Enditem

KEY WORDS: Spain,Volcano