Latest Palma News

Spain: Volcanic island's banana growers get a lift from navy

Nov. 11, 2021 09:23 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Navy has started helping farmers on the volcanic island of La Palma to reach their lava-surrounded banana plantations by sea, Spain's Defense Ministry said on Thursday. A scale 5 earthquake overnight offered a reminder that the eruption on the...

Spain investigates emergency landing, suspects migrant ploy

Nov. 09, 2021 07:06 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has ordered 12 men to be held without bail on suspicion they faked an in-flight medical emergency to make a plane land in Mallorca and give them a chance to enter Europe illegally. The court also said late Monday that the group allegedly...

AP PHOTOS: A slow motion burial awaits in volcano no-go zone

Nov. 04, 2021 04:08 AM EDT

CUMBRE VIEJA EXCLUSION ZONE, Canary Islands (AP) — A child’s swing. A fountain in a courtyard. A tray of glasses abandoned under the duress of escape. All will disappear as a blizzard of dark ash blows from a volcano on La Palma island and drifts to the ground inch by inch, foot by foot. ...

Ash from erupting volcano forces Spanish islanders indoors

Nov. 03, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma are telling people who live near an erupting volcano to stay indoors because of a heavy fall of ash that has forced the cancellation of flights and school classes. The Cumbre...

Banana farmers lose livelihoods as lava devours La Palma

Nov. 02, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

LAS MANCHAS DE ABAJO, Canary Islands (AP) — His home went first. Then the house his father built. Then the lottery stand and hardware store he owned succumbed. Lastly, Antonio Álvarez had to watch as lava from a volcanic eruption slowly devoured the remaining pillar of...

With no sign of eruption's end, ash blankets La Palma island

Oct. 31, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma that has been erupting for six weeks spewed greater quantities of ash from its main mouth Sunday, a day after producing its strongest earthquake to date. Lava flows descending...

La Palma island braces for more quakes as volcano roars on

Oct. 27, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — Residents on Spain’s La Palma island braced Wednesday for the possibility of bigger earthquakes that could compound the damage from a volcano spilling lava more than five weeks since it erupted. Seismologists said a 4.6...

Spanish volcano more active, spews 'giant lava fountain'

Oct. 25, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A volcano erupting for the past five weeks on the Spanish island of La Palma is more active than ever, officials said Monday, after new lava flows following a partial collapse of the crater threatened to engulf previously unaffected areas. A powerful new...

Spain pledges quicker help for La Palma volcano damage

Oct. 23, 2021 11:27 AM EDT

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — Spain’s prime minister announced Saturday that his government will speed up already promised aid to help the thousands of residents on La Palma island whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by a protracted volcanic eruption. ...

La Palma: Hundreds more evacuate to flee volcano lava

Oct. 21, 2021 06:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Hundreds of people were evacuated during the night on the Spanish island of La Palma as a river of molten rock crept deeper into a coastal town during a protracted volcanic eruption, authorities said Thursday. Emergency services helped some 500 people...