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.