- A house improbably escaped a blast from the Cumbre Vieja volcano on a Spanish island.
- The eruption, which started on Sunday, has devastated the Canary Island of La Palma.
- The couple who own the house only learned from the picture that it survived.
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A house improbably escaped being scorched by lava from the devastating eruption on La Palma, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.
A picture shows that the house narrowly escaped the ravage of lava coming from the Cumbre Vieja volcano which began erupting on Sunday.
Alfonso es el fotógrafo que ha realizado esta fotografía..,
Isla de La Palma, Canarias, España ?? La Casa ? Milagro! pic.twitter.com/h2jQJH3Vo8
— M Elizabeth Garcia M (@ElliGarciaM) September 24, 2021
Some Spanish people tweeted to describe is as “la casa milagro” or “the miracle house.”
The Danish couple who own the house discovered it had survived the ravage thanks to the picture that was shared on social media, according Spain’s El Mundo newspaper.
Video: Unbelievable Footage of Volcano Eruption in Spain’s Canary Island (Veuer)
Others were not so lucky. Footage, like in the tweets below, showed the slow-moving lava engulfing whole houses, swimming pools, as it crept down the hill of the island.
The was the scene as a volcano erupted Sunday on La Palma, one of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of Africa. The authorities evacuated thousands of residents from nearby towns. https://t.co/FsPZWi5pTY pic.twitter.com/RJHsrWvCn1
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 20, 2021
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 22, 2021
The authorities were prepared for the event and had evacuated about 7,000 people from the area, per Sky News, and there have been no injuries related to the eruption.
The lava first moved down the hill at about 2,300 ft per hour but has slowed to about 13 ft per hour, per Sky News.
As it has slowed, the lava flows grew taller, reaching heights of up to 50ft in places, Sky said.
Authorities are now warning that the lava is heading towards the sea. In anticipation, shipping in the area has been closed down to avoid any toxic gases which may be produced when the lava hits the sea, Germany’s Deutsche Welle network said.