In pictures: The volcanic eruption devastating La Palma
A large volcanic eruption devastates the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano, situated in La Palma in the Canary Islands, started to spew hot lava and ash on 19 September 2021. Within hours, the area of Cumbre Vieja and the villages of El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane had to be evacuated, as lava made its way towards the sea.
In the week before the eruption started, the island had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors had been reported in the area.
Lava continues to flow in the aftermath of the island's first volcanic eruption in 20 years, destroying hundreds of property and forcing the evacuation of over 5,500 people.
We bring you the story of the eruption and subsequent destruction in our special image gallery:
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James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs