Volcanic lava in La Palma, Spain, swallows more homes and land

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There were 37 seismic movements on Saturday, the largest of them measured at 4.1, said the Spanish National Geological Institute

LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – Incandescent lava engulfed the land José Roberto Sánchez inherited from his parents this Saturday, and lightning flashed around the volcano currently erupting on the Spanish island of La Palma for nearly three weeks.

There were 37 seismic movements on Saturday, the largest measured at 4.1, the Spanish National Geological Institute said, but La Palma airport has reopened after being closed since Thursday because of the ash, Spanish air traffic operator Aena said. All other airports in the Canary Islands are open.

Magma flowing down from the slopes of the Cumbre Vieja volcano has destroyed at least four buildings in the village, some of the nearly 1,150 buildings and land in the vicinity that have been destroyed since the volcano erupted on September 19.

“The memories of my parents, the heritage I had there, it’s all gone,” Sanchez told Reuters of the land his parents owned in Todoque, in the west of the island.

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