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After half a century of dormancy, the volcanos of La Palma came back to life on 19 September 2021, when Cumbre Vieja started spewing ash, smoke and lava over the island of La Palma in the Atlantic Canary Islands archipelago. The lava flow cut a path of devastation on its way towards the coast, destroying roughly 1,000 buildings, as well as banana plantations, roads and other infrastructure. Most of the island was blanketed in ash, from a plume that rose 3 kilometers (2 miles) into the atmosphere, posing a hazard to aircraft in the area.
About 6,000 of La Palma's 83,000 inhabitants were evacuated - mostly from the towns of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane.
The last major eruption on La Palma was in 1971, but this time the volcano has already expelled three times the amount of material, in a quarter of the time. Spanish photographers Eduardo Blanco and Oriol Alamany were quickly on the scene to document the eruption and its impact on the island's landscape and inhabitants, with still images and video.
Volcanic eruption with silhouette of tree, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption with silhouette of tree, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Close up lava from volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Close up lava from volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Close up volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Close up volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021
Close up lava from volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Close up lava from volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Tree silhouetted against volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Tree silhouetted against volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, threatening a house in El Paso village, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, threatening a house in El Paso village, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, with lava flow destroying houses in El Paso village, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, with lava flow destroying houses in El Paso village, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Close up lava from volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Close up lava from volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Palm tree silhouetted against volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Palm tree silhouetted against volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Self-portrait of photographer Eduardo Blanco, watching volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021 Model released  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Self-portrait of photographer Eduardo Blanco, watching volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021 Model released
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma,Canary Islands. September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma,Canary Islands. September 2021.
Volcanic eruption,Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption,Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Trees silhouetted against erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano at night, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Trees silhouetted against erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano at night, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, with a couple watching, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, with a couple watching, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, with lava flow destroying houses in El Paso village, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Cumbre Vieja volcano erupting at night, with lava flow destroying houses in El Paso village, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.
Volcanic eruption and lava flow, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma. Canary Islands. September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption and lava flow, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma. Canary Islands. September 2021.
Volcanic eruption and lava flow, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption and lava flow, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Lava flow from volcanic eruption reaching buildings, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Lava flow from volcanic eruption reaching buildings, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September.
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Volcanic eruption and pine forest, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Volcanic eruption and pine forest, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Strombolian eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Strombolian eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Strombolian eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Strombolian eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Domestic horses (Equus caballus) with erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano in the background, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Domestic horses (Equus caballus) with erupting Cumbre Vieja volcano in the background, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021.
Ash cloud, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Ash cloud, Cumbre Vieja Volcano. La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Television crews broadcasting the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption from El Paso, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Television crews broadcasting the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption from El Paso, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Residents of the Aridane valley watching eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano near their homes, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Residents of the Aridane valley watching eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano near their homes, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Car covered with volcanic ash during the eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.  -  Oriol  Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Car covered with volcanic ash during the eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano, La Palma, Canary Islands, September 2021.
Car covered with ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Car covered with ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Sweeping up ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Sweeping up ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption, La Palma, Canary Islands. September 2021
Canary Island pine trees  (Pinus canariensis) amongst volcanic rock, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma. Canary Islands. September 2021  -  Eduardo Blanco
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Eduardo Blanco / Canary Island pine trees (Pinus canariensis) amongst volcanic rock, Cumbre Vieja Volcano, La Palma. Canary Islands. September 2021