Mexico City Newsroom, Sep 27, 2021 / 12:48 pm
Lava from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands destroyed the church of Saint Pius X in the Todoque neighborhood in the town of Llanos de Aridane on the afternoon of Sept. 26.
Firefighters were hoping to divert the flow of the lava from away from the church, but were unsuccessful.
The volcano began erupting Sept.19. The previous eruption on the island was in 1971.
According to the local press, the lava, which had stopped its flow in the area, resumed its advance towards the sea, about a mile and a quarter away, engulfing the Catholic church and other buildings in its path. You watch the destruction unfold in the video below.