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La Palma island grows as lava from longest volcanic eruption creates new land

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Lava flow from Cumbre Vieja’s months-long volcanic eruption has reached the Atlantic Ocean, forming new land and coastline. La Palma, part of Spain’s Canary Islands, has added 43 hectares (106 acres) since the eruption began. A stay-at-home order to protect nearby residents from toxic gases was lifted on November 24 after the lava delta cooled, but the island’s airport remains closed.

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