The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma, located off the northwestern coast of Africa, has been erupting for nearly eleven weeks with no signs of abating. Soon the eruption could be La Palma's longest in over 500 years.
The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Sept. 19 and led to the evacuation of thousands of residents. For the last 75 days, the volcano has spewed lava out of fissures, unleashed plumes of ash and toxic gasses, and acid rain.
After two and a half months of non-stop volcanic eruptions, some parts of the island are unrecognizable as they're buried in feet of ash. Entire towns and neighborhoods are entirely covered, and damage could be upwards of a billion dollars.
Here are some of the most incredible pictures and videos on social media documenting the ongoing chaos on La Palma.
Entire homes are buried in ash.
Neighborhoods swallowed whole by ash and lava.
Towns covered in ash up to the rooftops.
WATCH: Drone footage shows entire neighborhoods being slowly buried in volcanic ash on the Spanish island of La Palma pic.twitter.com/5ZuVBTgVxd— Reuters Asia (@ReutersAsia) December 1, 2021
How are people going to dig out of this?
This is the volcanic ash after the recent La Palma eruption, deep and thick..— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) November 12, 2021
But here’s something amazing, thousands of bees buried under this for 50 days, are still alive...they saved themselves by sealing their hives with a resin called propolis
Ash is everywhere.
A fissure opens up next to a house covered in ash.
More buildings are buried in feet of ash.
WATCH: This drone video shows the volcanic ash across La Palma island in Spain. On Wednesday, the Spanish National Police shared the video of partially buried buildings. The Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting in September. pic.twitter.com/SrAIk2uq1N— Local News 8 (@localnews8) December 2, 2021
The current eruption could surpass the Tehuya volcano that spewed lava and ash for 84 days in 1646.
So what about the cleanup on the tiny resort island? How does one dispose of millions of tons of ash?