Volcano’s Crater Collapses During Eruption on Spain’s Canary Islands (PHOTOS) | The Weather Channel – Articles from The Weather Channel

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The volcano of Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Island of La Palma continues to erupt lava after 15 days. Part of the main cone has collapsed joining two of the emission sources and joining their volcanic flows. (Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, a part of the crater collapsed on the Cumbre Vieja volcano, sending a surge of lava from the lava lake on the Spanish island of La Palma in the Canary Islands.

Authorities tightened surveillance of the volcano, which has been erupting since September 19.

María José Blanco, a director of the National Geographic Institute on the Canary Islands, said the crater acted “like a dam,” keeping the molten rock inside, but has since spilled over, growing the river of lava to 4,100 feet—about 1,000 feet wider than it was on Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

So far, the eruption has partially or completely destroyed more than 1,000 buildings, most of which were homes, as well as destroyed about 20 miles of roads, according to a European Union satellite monitoring agency.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos of the volcano’s destruction.

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