On Tuesday an eyewitness said the lava, which had begun flowing after the eruption of Cumbre Vieja in La Palma, had reached the Atlantic Ocean causing a huge cloud to billow into the sky
A picturesque mountain home dubbed the ‘miracle house’ after it narrowly dodged being flooded by lava from a volcano has been destroyed.
Cumbre Vieja in La Palma in the Canary Islands erupted last week, sending smoke and lava spewing into the air.
On Tuesday an eyewitness said the lava, which had begun flowing after the eruption on the island, had reached the Atlantic Ocean causing a huge cloud to billow into the sky.
Previously, a photograph had emerged showing a solitary building, miraculously untouched by the looming river of lava.
The red-hot lava could be seen on all four sides of the one-storey property but instead of engulfing the building, the river had opened up to leave a ‘D’ shape around it.
Now, the owner of the home has said the building had finally succumbed to the lava, saying ‘everything is destroyed.’
Rainer Cocq, told Spanish newspaper El Mundo from his permanent residence in Denmark: “We have lost everything on our beloved island. It is very sad. Inge [his wife] and I are devastated.”
It comes after a pyramid of steaming black rock emerged from the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday as lava from the volcano crashed into the sea.
Despite fears of toxic gases, authorities said the air inland remained fine to breathe.
Lava from the volcano that began erupting 10 days ago reached the ocean just before midnight on Tuesday near the town of Tazacorte and began accumulating at the foot of a cliff until a cone of debris appeared above the waterline.
“It is now generating a structure that we call a ‘lava delta’ that is … extending the island to the west,” said Juan-Tomas Vazquez, a marine geologist aboard the Ramon Margalef research vessel, just offshore from the cliffside.
Eugenio Fraile, an oceanographer in charge of the research mission, told a videoconference the steam posed no risk for now but stressed the importance of the monitoring effort.
Thousands have been evacuated from their homes since the volcano erupted on September 19 and lava has engulfed nearly 530 houses and several banana plantations.
Spain has classified La Palma a disaster zone in a move that will provide financial support for the island.
Three coastal villages were locked down as authorities feared possible explosions and clouds of toxic gas as the lava hit the sea.
Tazacorte Mayor Juan Miguel Rodriguez Acosta told TV3 television that everyone in a one-mile radius had been evacuated.
Although La Palma’s council said the air remained “perfectly breathable,” residents will not be able to leave their houses for some time.
“Until we have a definitive result that guarantees these areas are not at risk, the lockdown will remain,” said Maria Jose Blanco of the Pevolca eruption task force, adding that the ash cloud was being carried south toward the island of El Hierro.