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Monday, December 09, 2019

Two months after volcanic eruption, La Palma counts cost of damage

Smoke and Lava flow from the volcano in Cumbre Vieja area, during its eruption in La Palma on the Canary Islands. Kike Rincón/EUROPA PRESS/dpa

The damage so far caused by the volcanic eruption on the Canary island of La Palma is believed to have reached some 700 million euros (790 million dollars), according to official estimates. "But we are still in the middle (of the catastrophe)," Canarian Prime Minister Angel Victor Torres was quoted as saying in El Pais daily newspaper on Friday, adding that the damage was increasing by the minute. Since the volcano began to erupt on September 19, the lava, at temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees Celsius, has destroyed more than 2,600 buildings, according to a recent assessment by the European e...

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