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Cumbre Vieja, La Palma. The first fatality of a volcano eruption

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Cumbre Vieja volcano has been spewing lava and ash continuously for almost two months. On Saturday it was confirmed that one person died because of the eruption. It was a 70-year-old who was cleaning his house of volcanic material. The roof of the building collapsed under the man.

A 70-year-old man died in an area occupied by cooling lava on Saturday on the Canary island of La Palma, where the volcano Cumbre Vieja erupted since September 19. This is the first death victim of the cataclysm.

In a press release on Saturday, the Spanish island authorities confirmed that the death occurred in a place where the ban on entry was still in force, due to security reasons.

According to the Canarias 7 daily, the man died tragically while clearing his property of volcanic ash. A preliminary examination of the tragedy site shows that the victim of the incident fell from a great height after the roof of a residential building collapsed beneath her.

Destroyed houses in La PalmaPAP / EPA / Jesus Diges

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Destroyed houses in La PalmaPAP / EPA / Jesus Diges

Increased seismic activity

A regional newspaper in its online edition indicated that the seismic activity of the volcano had increased since the early morning hours, and more than 50 earthquakes had been recorded in the area. The strongest of them had a magnitude of 5 on the Richter scale.

According to estimates by the government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, the outbreak of Cumbre Vieja resulted in the evacuation of more than 8,000 people in the southern part of La Palma by Saturday afternoon.

Volcanic eruption and magma leakage led to the destruction of over 2,500 buildings on the island and the flooding of 1,000 hectares of land by lava, 280 hectares of which are arable lands.

The volcanic eruption continuesPAP / EPA / Miguel Calero

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / Jesus Diges

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