- Title: 'It's all gone': La Palma resident loses family land to lava
- Date: 9th October 2021
- Summary: LA PALMA, SPAIN (OCTOBER 9, 2021) (REUTERS) CARS DRIVING AROUND ROUNDABOUT WOMAN TALKING TO WOMAN SITTING ON BENCH MAN PASSING BY, PEOPLE TALKING AT BAR (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT JOSE ROBERTO SANCHEZ, WHO LOST LAND INHERITED FROM HIS PARENTS BECAUSE OF OVERNIGHT LAVA, SAYING: "How did I live it? Locked down at home, but the land I had in Todoque is all gone, yes, the memories of my parents, the inheritance I had there, it's all gone." JOURNALIST ASKING: Yesterday? Yes. Here we are suffering many things, this is the inheritance you get and lose. This is what it is, noise, dust and a volcano that does not stop. PEOPLE HAVING DRINKS AT BARS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT JOSE ROBERTO SANCHEZ, WHO LOST LAND INHERITED FROM HIS PARENTS BECAUSE OF OVERNIGHT LAVA, SAYING: "(I wish) it stopped and did not hurt anything else, but that is impossible, no matter how much you ask for it, it doesn't stop, these are things of the nature, we need to go through it and wait for it to stop.â€ (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT MARIA REMEDIOS, WIFE OF JOSE ROBERTO SANCHEZ, SAYING: â€œThe noise was impressive, the strength it had, I was thinking, 'something it is going to happen, this is not normal' and look, part of the cone broke up, it was not surprising because of the strength it had." PEOPLE OUTSIDE A BAR (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT MARIA REMEDIOS, WIFE OF JOSE ROBERTO SANCHEZ, SAYING: â€œI would ask it to stop, to stop doing harm, each time it is being more harmful, it is passing through areas where it was thought it would not pass. It is destroying many houses, lands, everything, specially the bananas area. The losses are huge. PEOPLE AT PORT OBSERVING LAVA SMOKE RISING FROM LAVA FLOW RISING FROM OCEAN MAN TAKING PICTURES OF LAVA (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT CLARA MARIA, 70, WHO ALMOST LOST HER HOUSE OVERNIGHT BECAUSE OF LAVA â€œThe lava has not yet reached it (her house), we have a winery in Todoque, we are evacuated in Argual, we have a house in Argual, but Todoque was a thing of 50 years of sacrifice, stone by stone we built it, we have a winery, two apartments for my children, the lava is really close although for now is alive, I have hope and faith that it will be saved.â€ PEOPLE AT PORT LAVA REACHING OCEAN VARIOUS OF PEOPLE OBSERVING LAVA
- Embargoed: 23rd October 2021 14:46
- Keywords: Cumbre Vieja La Palma Spain lava lava destroys houses locals reax volcano
- Location: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- City: LA PALMA, SPAIN
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Europe,Earthquakes/Volcanoes/Tsunami,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001EYFSCAV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Residents of Spain's La Palma were shocked on Saturday (October 9) after rivers of lava from Cumbre Vieja volcano engulfed more buildings overnight.
â€œThe memories of my parents, the inheritance I had there, itâ€™s all gone,â€ Jose Roberto Sanchez told Reuters, who lost his parent's land to lava in Todoque in the west of the island.
The lava destroyed at least four buildings in the village of Callejon de la Gata, Reuters witnesses said.
"The noise was impressive, the strength it had," said Sanchez's wife, Maria Remedios.
Since the Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting on Sept. 19 it has destroyed nearly 1,150 buildings and engulfed 480 hectares (1,190 acres) of land, the European Commission Copernicus Emergency Management Service tweeted on Saturday.
About 6,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on La Palma, one of Spainâ€™s Canary Islands with a population of about 83,000.
There were a series of 37 seismic movements on Saturday, with the largest measuring 4.1, the Spanish National Geological Institute said.
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