There is no sign that the volcanic eruption on the Spanish island of La Palma is ending four weeks after it began, officials said on Sunday.
The volcano on one of the Canary Islands in northwest Africa has so far destroyed more than 1,800 buildings, mostly homes, although immediate evacuations have helped avoid casualties on the island of about 85,000 people.
Canary Islands President ngel Victor Torres said scientists monitoring the eruption that began on September 19 saw no signs that the eruption was subsiding, as rivers of lava slowly flowed out to sea.
“We are at the mercy of the volcano,” Torres told reporters. “It is the only one who can decide when it will end.”
About 7,000 people have had to leave their homes.
The volcano has produced frequent thunder and roar, with dozens of small earthquakes occurring most days, and has covered a wide area with volcanic ash. The pile of ash is several kilometers high.
Airlines have canceled sporadic flights to the islands, including 56 flights on Saturday and Sunday, due to the reef.
The latest satellite imagery showed that the molten rock covered 754 hectares, most of which is rural areas and agricultural land.
About 60 km of roads have also been destroyed.
The island is mainly inhabited by tourism and banana plantations. The government has pledged millions of euros (dollars) to help rebuild damaged infrastructure.